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“In the old days, coal miners took a caged canary with them underground. If the canary dropped dead the workers knew that the mine is filling up with gas and they need to get out of there.” The technology has changed but the concept is still important because of the canary acts as a warning
In any workplace where potentially hazardous equipment is in use, or where there are activities taking place that could pose a risk to workers, regular safety inspections are essential for the creation and maintenance of a high-performance safety culture. Safety inspections enable risks to be identified and quantified and are the first step towards designing
One of the biggest challenges that all types of organisations face when trying to establish and maintain a high-performance safety culture is finding ways in which to promote and encourage workplace safety behaviours. The SmartCard system is a highly effective way of achieving this. The SmartCard system is designed to actively sustain your behavioural-based safety
The role and importance of leaders when it comes to safety culture and performance cannot be overstated, it is crucial that business leaders stay informed and up to date when it comes to health and safety matters. Safety leadership is one of the key determining factors as to the levels of safety behaviour displayed in
A safety audit is a crucial process in understanding the overall effectiveness of your safety management system (SMS), but it should entail more than just the identification of workplace hazards and risks. Rather, safety audits should evaluate the overall design of your SMS and how it is being implemented across all areas of your operations.
The aim of any business or organisation should be to create a high performance safety culture in which there is workforce engagement, and where safety behaviours are always on display. Such a culture requires strong safety leadership and a workforce who is motivated not only to follow safety procedures, but also feel confident in raising
All companies want to provide safe working environments and create strong safety cultures. But if so, why are some considerably more effective in this sphere than others? Why are some organisations able to create high performance safety cultures, while others struggle in this space? It often comes down to the quality of safety leadership. What
As any experienced safety consultant will be able to tell you, there are some common underlying causes when it comes to workplace safety incidents in Australia. Although there will naturally be some regional variations, and differences between industries, generally speaking it has been found that these are six of the most common causes of incidents
Any person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) in Western Australia is obliged under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 to have a workplace safety plan that details the actions that should be undertaken in an emergency. The legislation requires that all workplaces develop and implement
In Western Australia, workers have protections through OSH legislation that mandates an employer’s responsibilities and liabilities with regard to workplace health and safety, to ensure as far as practicable that workers are not harmed or injured at work. Section 19(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) in Western Australia sets out what is
The world of business and industry can change quickly, as can your organisation. Staff turnover, new product lines or facilities, an expansion — all of these mean change and they can come at you fast. It is easy for safety training to get overlooked or neglected when your organisation is evolving and growing; however, there
What is required to establish a high-performance safety culture in your business or organisation you wonder? Our long experience in safety leadership and management has shown us that there are three stages that need to be worked through in order to create a safety culture with which an entire workforce can engage. The first is
Workplace health and safety is the backbone of any business. Especially since the cost of workplace injuries can be huge. They can have a massive impact on not only the day-to-day running of your business but projected business in the future. It is tempting to cut corners when it comes to workplace health and safety
It may be easy to turn a blind eye to health and safety under the carpet, which is what a lot of people do. The immediate and direct benefits of workplace health and safety aren’t always obvious. Production is often prioritised and workplace health and safety can often be neglected. However, implementing an effective workplace
Workplace health and safety is a primary consideration for all business. When it comes to safety, prevention is the optimal strategy. However, despite your best efforts, there may still come a time when an accident or injury occurs. Good workplace health and safety standards and procedures not only help reduce this risk but demonstrate a
Everything we do carries an element of risk and the workplace is one place where the amount of risk can vary substantially. There is a lot of legislation and guidance around risk management, in particular, workplace health and safety. The amount of risk in a workplace is typically determined by a number of influential factors
Workplace health and safety isn’t just about abiding by the law. It can have huge financial benefits too, making it an investment for you and your business. Hiring a workplace health and safety expert, such as a safety consultant, will also take all of the stress out of making sure that you are not only
We always start with safety is “Controlling and Reducing Exposure” (CARE) to hazards, and everyone plays a role in this approach. Safety comes from our actions (Behaviours), either as employers or as employees. So understanding and applying Human Factors to safety efforts and enhancing organisational culture is an important strategic element. Stephen B. Karpman, M.D.
We always start with; Safety is “Controlling and Reducing Exposure” (CARE) to hazards, and everyone plays a role in safety. Safety is achieved through our actions (Behaviours), either as employers or as employees. So understanding and applying Human Factors to safety efforts and enhancing organisational culture is an important strategic element. Stephen B. Karpman, M.D.
When you ask employees what they’d rather have, cash or a gift, they always say, “Oh, just give me the money.” So why is it that when you give them cash or cash substitutes like Gift Certificates to the local mall, it’s less effective than doing a gift program like ours? There are several reasons.
Human Factors is important in our effort for safety improvement. Safety is about people and how they interact with hazards in the workplace. Therefore behaviour is still critical in protecting people from harm. Applying behavioural science and human factors is complex. I find when we get into the complexity of Human Factors some people end
In this post we will share how we think about elements of safety, so you can understand Barclay Safety Solutions will start you on the safety transformation journey. Now I am sure these points of view are not revolutionary, I am positive most people would see these elements the same way! What makes safety transformation
For many years safety professionals have looked at every aspect of safety. Looking for that one thing that makes the difference, a silver bullet. The reality is there is no silver bullet but there are things that make the biggest impact. Over time countless things have been tried, many things have worked and many things
Why do we even have safety as a requirement for doing business? Why are there so many laws to drive safety as a core business function? How do we ensure safety is valued not a burden? On average 200 people lose their lives at work. That is 200 families whose loved one never came home