70,000 Reasons Why

Leadership in terms of health and safety. Ask yourself, do my managers and team leaders: Communicate safety standards to their teams? Involve them in hazard spotting in the workplace? Prevent unsafe acts? Motivate staff to be safer? Monitor safety standards on a daily basis?

If you answered ‘no’ or ‘I don’t know’ to any of these questions, you should consider training your safety leaders at work to ensure that their role is understood and that they are implementing the skills that they learn in the training environment at work.

Sometimes, the importance of safety at work can be overlooked because of issues like deadlines, staff shortages or perhaps a lack of understanding about safe work practices. This can be overcome by having a dedicated safety leader in your team.

Let me use the example of a company which was fined a lot of money because a preventable incident occurred. A large manufacturing company was recently fined $70,000 after a factory worker had his hand crushed in a machinery accident.

A 42-year-old glazier was changing a fixture when the heavy press slammed down onto his left hand, resulting in two of his fingers being surgically amputated. An investigation after the incident showed that the worker had not been properly trained to operate the power press. This worker was not trained or supervised properly on what was a very dangerous piece of plant machinery. As a result the Industrial Magistrates Court found the company to have breached the Workplace Health and Safety Act, causing grievous bodily harm, and fined the company accordingly.

Our Diploma WHS course is aimed at managers and team leaders and provides the graduate with a high standard of safety leadership knowledge on graduation. The course is highly interactive and our expert trainer guides you through the maintenance of a safety management system and best practice risk management techniques. You will also learn how to consult and communicate effectively about safety at work, by making changes from the front and inspiring and influencing others to improve safety.