Take 5 to celebrate National Safe Work Australia Week

36:That’s how many people in the construction industry have been killed on average each year in the decade to the end of 2013, according to Safe Work Australia. Last year alone, there were 13 fatalities in manufacturing in Australia.
Safety at work is all about the actions you take today. Don’t let your mantra become “I meant to do that” as you watch near misses turn into incidents.


Have you checked lately if the entry mat to your workplace is askew? Easy enough to straighten, if it’s on your radar. However, if you leave it, will it become a trip hazard waiting to happen?
What about a freak wind causing you to lose control of a pane of glass you’re moving for work? It happened to Brisbane dad Fabrice Jarry, whose painful injury needed 200 stitches. Find out more about his experience.


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.


Forgotten anything?

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. 


The staff at the Improve Group  provide a range of safety-related qualifications and workshops to keep the trend of workplace injuries decreasing.  Why not complete a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety or attend a First Aid workshop?


Check out our Training Program for our full range of upcoming courses available and do your bit to ensure safer workplaces into the future.