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It is exciting times here at Custom Safety, we are working on something BIG. We hope to reveal the BIG news in the next couple of weeks. So I thought I would take the time to discuss change management.
Change Management is a big issue for business, I don't under estimate that. In my professional opinion change management is an aspect of risk management. So often we see companies treating them as seperate issues/silos or management system elements, at the risk of one or both being forgotten.
Change management, is really important when we are considering the impacts of change on company systems, design, engineering, drawings, HR changes etc. For example I have seen many workplaces where a document gets changed, but the implications of that change are not considered i.e. how it impacts on associated procedures, how it impacts on the work process, how it impacts your workers and their training. Think broadly when you implement new practices and how will this impact other processes. Change prompts/checklists are a great help here!
For me I like to keep it simple, and therefore I believe change management and risk management go hand in hand. I agree, it is important to highlight change in your risk management procedures, however I believe there are risks in treating them as separate issues. When we are working, our risk management tools help us identify the risks of our work, the biggest benefit for safety is teaching our people to keep coming back to their risk assessment and continually assess the risks in the job/work environment for #changes. Lets not over complicate safety!
#changemanagement #workplacesafetyau #customsafetyau
There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. In a great move for workplace and public safety NSW has introduced tougher smoking bans from July 6 2015.
The key changes are:
- commercial outdoor dining areas in licensed venues (including clubs and hotels), restaurants and cafés must be smoke-free; and
- areas within 4 metres of a pedestrian entrance to or exit from a licensed venue, restaurant or café must be smoke-free.
Check out the NSW Health publication for commercial outdoor dining venues.
#customsafetyau #smokefreeworkplace #smokehasnoplaceintheworkplace
Serious injury or even death can result when working at heights. Working around openings eg voids for staircases, or partially contracted areas which workers can fall through can significantly increase this risk. Eliminating, covering or barricading voids to prevent the potential for falling should a priority.
Workcover have put together a voids in house construction video safety alert which highlights how easy it is to fall through openings on construction sites. The video highlights that workplaces must address voids in site management plans and inductions, and ensure constant supervision. Encourage the use of void covers with those most at risk.
Checkout the code of practice for preventing falls in housing construction to find out your legal responsibilities, safe work methods for common tasks, and using portable ladders and working on roofs safely.
Safety Alerts are an important way to convey learnings from an incident. Video safety alerts take it to the next level as they provide working visual examples of what can sometimes be hard to convey in just pictures. While these are not always practical for small businesses and most of us will continue to use paper based alerts with photos - its great to see regulators embracing technology and providing video safety alerts.
Its that time of year again.... time to review your 2014 plans and establish your plans for 2015. Already you say? You might be asking yourself why do I need to plan for health and safety. We all know planning sets direction and guidance for your workplace. It provides a focal point for action, well planned activities are usually the most successful. For me planning is a must, as it should be for any small business owner. It is important therefore to plan for safety, whether you include some safety items in your existing business plan or have a plan dedicated to work health and safety improvements (both have their merits and depend on your business needs). The most important step of the planning is seeking ideas and buy-in from workers this will ensure the success of your plan
Here is some tips on planning I posted previously...
1. Make time to set a plan - book a meeting, get the right people involved. A health and safety committee is a great group to get involved, if you don't have one of these get together a group of employees and supervisors who can add value. Its best to start early and time it with just before budget planning cycles, but if you missed that boat start now!
2. Do your research - review your last years performance, check out your leading and lagging indicator performance. This is best done and prepared for use at your planning meeting. You can use this to establish your improvement opportunities.
3. Establish improvement opportunities - from your research brain storm or mind map improvement opportunities with your group during the planning meeting. You can highlight priorities at the conclusion of the meeting by reviewing the topics identified. Generally priorities should be set based on risk or bang for buck (that is what is going to get the most improvement the quickest!)
5. Build your plan - take the findings from the meeting and develop / document your plan. If you get stuck checkout our website store for a cheap plan template (or checkout other products on sale now). Your plan should include a description of the action and the desired outcome, as well as responsibilities. Some tasks won't require a budget, where this is required
6. Review your plan - have your group review the plan and get it approved. You should establish regular dates throughout the year where you sit down to check on the progress of your plan. i.e. quarterly. Those responsible for actions should be present to identify the status of actions. If you set goals earlier this year its time to ask yourself have you achieved them?
To checkout the planning tool I use in the Custom Safety Store click here.
#WorkplaceSafety #AnnualPlans #CustomSafety #SafetyTemplates #SafetyGoals
Alaine Trevor is an OHS Professional, the Director of Custom Safety and Engineering she has been involved in the safety profession for over 10 years. Her experience includes senior management safety and HSEC (Health, Safety, Environment and Community) roles in both underground coal and open cut coal mining for two of the world’s largest mining houses. Click here to read more about Alaine.
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