Safety is about the big picture and the detail.
There is a simple and effective approach to work more safely on your sites. Take 5 – that’s right, take five key steps.
For all tasks, jobs and activities, it’s a matter of standing back five paces and following these five steps to make it safe to proceed.
Work out the risk rating
You can easily do this for every hazard, but the key is to assess the risks without any controls. Use a grid to work out if the risk of the danger is likely to happen, could happen or unlikely to happen. Then consider if the consequences are minor, moderate or major.
Now, pace yourself through the grid with controls and update the ranking. Careful, though, that the controls haven’t introduced new hazards.
Making a plan to manage the hazards
Writing down how you’ll manage hazards means creating a hierarchy of controls to allow you to select the best way to minimise the risk. Your choices are huge. They range from personal protective equipment, administration, engineering, substitution to elimination of the risk.
We’ve narrowed it down to 14 comprehensive questions to help prompt you about possible hazards. When you’re delving into workplace hazards there are a range of topics you need to keep on your radar: physical, risk assessment, training, PPE, fit for work, housekeeping, communication, mechanical, chemical, stored pressure, thermal, radiation, acoustic, vibrational, electrical, biological, ergonomic, environmental, gravitational, psychological, procedures and permits.
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