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October is Work Safe Month

October is Work Safe Month (Last Updated On: October 2, 2015)

Work Safe Month this October aims to raise awareness and limit the number of workplace injuries and fatalities. In Australia work health and safety should be at the forefront of all employers minds. The statistics are still staggering with 108 workplace fatalities already this year alone.

Be a changer, stop the danger!

Employsure has some tips to help employers to keep your workplace safe:

1. Identify hazards; by conducting a workplace audit you will be able to identify possible dangers which you may not have recognised before. Every workplace changes over time so these audits should be conducted frequently. By identifying potential risks you are educating your employees and creating a team environment.

2. Assess your risks; a risk matrix will help you to define the level of risk and the severity of the category. Yellow being low, orange medium and red is catagorised as a high risk.

3. Control risks; All employees need to be trained and be made aware of the potential risks. Some examples of controlling risks include:

  • Eliminate risks by controlling common harms and implementing safety measure to avoid slips, trips and falls
  • All staff operating equipment must have the correct and valid licencing and qualifications
  • Assign an officer to oversee and enforce health and safety obligations
  • Personal Protective Equipment (P.P.E) should be worn

4. Review risks; depending on your industry and the level of risk all workplaces should periodically be reviewed

All employers have a duty of care to provide a safe workplace for all employees, including contractors.

Employers need to conscientiously do everything possible to avoid injuries, illness or fatality. The implementation of work health and safety policies and procedures ensures all employees are aware of the potential risks and are aware of the actions to take, should a workplace incident arise.

This October let us work together to minimise workplace injury and fatality, call Employsure today on 1300 651 415 to get in touch with a work health and safety consultant. Employsure can audit your workplace and provide you with policies and procedures to keep your employees safe.

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