Workplaces where employees are constantly working with machinery are high-risk workplaces due to the use of machines. Machines can be faulty, be operated incorrectly and can cause long- and short-term injuries.
Workplace violence is more common than you would think. It happens every day and to be able to prevent violence in the workplace – you must first be able to identify the reasons or motivations for violence. Each incident must be looked over and analysed so that if it occurs again in the future – […]
What is a job safety analysis (JSA)? Does your company carry out JSA’s? If you said no, then you should consider reviewing your workplace health and safety policies and procedure, and ensure that JSA’s are completed on all tasks. A JSA is the process of planning for work with safety as an integral factor of […]
Why should you train your staff in workplace health and safety (WHS)? Isn’t it just an additional cost? Training your staff in workplace health has numerous benefits for both the organisation and the individual.
Why should you train your senior managers in workplace health and safety (WHS)? Training ensures that the skills, knowledge and attitudes of people within the organisation are in line with the organisations overall goals. Therefore, by providing training to workers, supervisors, team leaders, management and senior management, it ensures that contributions as a team is […]
The determination of the underlying causes of a workplace incident will be dependent on the immediate causes supported by information provided by witnesses and established by undertaking appropriate research. The immediate causes have told us how the incident happened, whilst the underlying causes will tell us why the incident happened.
A number of standards organisations specify minimum requirements for PPE of different types. PPE should not be used unless it is designed to meet the minimum requirements of relevant standards. Learn more during your Certificate IV in OHS.
Incident investigations are undertaken to establish causal factors of the event, and the quicker the investigations commences, the less risk there is of evidence being contaminated and witnesses descriptions being corrupted. A variety of investigators may be involved in the investigation of a particular event, and whilst they may be looking at the event from […]
An incident report provides a condensed formal record of facts and recommendations surrounding an incident, giving each level of management information with which to decide and prioritise remedial action.
“Incident investigation is like peeling an onion. Beneath one layer of causes there are other layers. The outer layers deal with the immediate causes while the inner layers are concerned with the underlying causes such as weakness in the management system.”Trevor Kletz – Learning from Incidents in Industry The immediate causes are normally the easiest […]
Numerous statutory authorities throughout the world produce executive summaries of incident reports. These are known in a variety of names such as safety alerts. These are accessible through various mediums such as safety magazines, trade and business journals, direct mailing lists, health and safety libraries, and of course the Internet. WorkSafe’s website has one of […]