One of the proverbs which I recall learning at school was “accidents will happen”. An accident can be defined as “An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury”. Hopefully today we are smarter in the workplace where we don’t accept this or use it as an excuse for our own mistakes. Workplaces can be made safer if:
All employees have undergone a compulsory safety induction
New employees are “buddied up” with an experienced employee
Risk assessments have been carried out on equipment and processes
Employees are trained and competent in the operation of equipment
JSA’s or SWMS’s are discussed prior to commencing potentially dangerous work
There are regular safety briefings where company incidents and industry issues are discussed
All work place “near misses”, “Incidents”, “injuries” and “illnesses” are reported
There is an active Health and Safety committee
Safety forms part of all purchasing contracts
Employees have ready access to mobile apps to record and photograph safety issues
All the above is recorded in the company EHS system, and
Senior management demonstrate their commitment to safety
Implementation of a company-wide safety culture incorporating the above points will minimise the chance of an unexpected or unintentional safety incident.
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