If your mate was in trouble, would you help? Of course! But what if you couldn’t? What if they needed first aid treatment? Could you keep them stabilised until paramedics arrive?
What about your workplace? Do you feel safe going to work every day? Are there hazards in your workplace which could affect the safety of you and your colleagues?
ANZAC Day is a great time to reflect on your mates, what they mean to you and what you would do without them. This month, we have ANZAC Day, World Day for Safety and Workers Memorial Day all rolled into one, creating the perfect opportunity for all of us to focus on promoting safety in the workplace to reduce death, injury and disease. Look at it as an opportunity to make someone’s day safe, show that you care, and to ensure that both you and your workmates get home without incident or injury.
In the spirit of the ANZAC’s, Improve Group are promoting Work Safe, Home Safe: a campaign to help fight the alarming statistics of workplace injuries and deaths for 2017. As of 30 March, there has been over 45 people killed in workplace-related incidents Australia-wide, a staggering 10 more than this time last year (Safe Work Australia).
With this in mind, we all need to follow safety obligations when we are at work. As a worker, you must follow Section 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act by;
- Complying with instructions given for workplace health and safety
- Use personal protective equipment if your employer provides it and if you are properly trained to use it.
- Not wilfully or recklessly interfere with, or misuse anything provided for workplace health and safety at the workplace.
- Not wilfully place others at risk.
- Not wilfully injure yourself.
Sometimes, despite all of our best intentions, incidents can occur. So remember, if a safety incident does occur you may need to jump in to “look after your mate” using first aid. However, Fire & Safety Australia have released alarming statistics, stating that “Only 31% of Australian workers feel confident in how to respond to a workplace first aid emergency.” Thankfully, this is a statistic we can help manage. We can train you to deal with first aid incidents with our one day First Aid course – contact us today to find out when our next course runs. We can also come and train your mates if you make a workplace booking, so they can look after you too.
Remember: Look after your mates – you might need the same helping hand one day!