Employees become accustomed to doing things in a certain way and grow oblivious to the hazards that may be ever present around them, and this state of mind can affect many things including productivity, quality and safety.
Use these routine safety tips to help keep you and your staff focused and safe at work.
1. Wear protective equipment to suit the task
If worn correctly, gear such as earplugs, earmuffs, hard hat, safety goggles, gloves or full-face mask can dramatically reduce your risk of injury.
2. Protect your back
If you do need to pick up and carry heavy loads, keep the load close to your body and lift with your thigh muscles.
3. Take regular breaks
Staying fresh and alert will help you avoid injury or burnout. Schedule the most difficult tasks of each day for times when your concentration is best, such as first thing in the morning.
4. Avoid stooping or twisting
Use ergonomically designed furniture and equipment, and rearrange your work area, so everything you need is within easy reach. Find more information here.
5. Use mechanical aids whenever possible
Instead of trying to lift or carry a heavy object, use a wheelbarrow, conveyor belt, crane or forklift.
6. Stay sober
Alcohol and drugs are a contributing factor in around 3% of workplace fatalities.
7. Reduce workplace stress
Common causes include long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflicts with co-workers or bosses. Stress can lead to depression, sleeping difficulties and problems with concentration.
8. Talk about any concerns
Always inform management and the appropriate safety representative about hazards, including physical and mental health risks. As an employer, you are legally obliged to provide a safe working environment.
We’re committed to workplace health and safety.
When you recruit apprentices or trainees with MEGT, we can assist with the following services to ensure a safe workplace for you and your staff:
- Pre-employment medical, hearing and eye tests
- WorkCover administration, injury management and Return to Work processes
- Onsite job safety assessments
- Access to our free Employee Assistance Program
- Provision of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)