How to identify hazards in the workplace:
- Have you noticed something?
- Has someone approached you with an issue?
In considering what is the best response to a hazard one should consider:
- What level is the risk?
- Are there any current control measures in place or is this a newly identified risk?
- What actions can you take to minimise the risk and will this impact upon your own or others safety?
- Is it urgent to manage this risk and the risk posed within minimising such?
It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that employees are informed of all WHS issues within the workplace, aware of any ‘potential hazards’ or ‘safe work methods’ applicable. Employers must take the time to educate employees of this workplace specific information and ensure that employees have interpreted and comprehended such appropriately. This can be done through staff meeting in which safety topics are discussed, training analysis that determines employee specific training based on evidenced need, and by electing a safety representative to represent employee areas of concern.
Preventative measure and controls
There are many approaches that can be made to prevent and minimise the risk of hazards to employees and others within the workplace. As it may not always be safe or practicable to remove the hazard, you can instead limit the exposure or create awareness of the hazard to increase and maintain the health and safety of others in the workplace.
Hazard management in the workplace requires active preventative efforts from employers, adjusting the workplace through measures of:
- Providing employees with longer rest breaks or reducing the length of hours worked.
- Conducting activities in spaces that are adequate/reasonably sized in anticipation of the activity to take place.
- Reviewing and adjusting process regularly, to reduce the likelihood of risk or injury; or reducing frequency or necessity of process in response to reoccurring injury.
- Additional training or equipment or alternative tasks offered for employees who are deemed ‘at risk’, such as employees with known prior injuries.
- Placing clear and appropriate signage around the workplace to promote employee and visitor awareness of hazards.
- Determine emergency procedures and do role plays and drills to increase employee awareness of process and the potential hazards and risks that are associated with specific workplace tasks.
- Increase employee participation within preventing and managing hazards through incentives of bonuses or prizes.
Assurance HR have a professional team that consists of Workplace Health and Safety Assessors. We can assist your business in reviewing, adjusting, and implementing both preventative and management plans as we conduct a review of your current workplaces processes and operations. It is vital that Hazards are managed effectively in the workplace to reduce incidents, employee injury and to increase staff retention. Contact the Assurance HR Team today on 1800 577 515 to discuss any WHS or corresponding Human Resource concerns.