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A system that won't fail you! How to make sure your workers are protected from workplace risks

by , 09 April 2015
We can't stress this enough: Protecting your team or your employees is one of the most important responsibilities you have as an employer.

And although you have to delegate and organise these duties with your Health and Safety Representatives and contractor (depending on the activity), there still remains the knowledge in the field and no one should skip this.

Let's look at the ways that help you make sure that your workers are protected against injuries!

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Before the activity begins, your contractor or HS officer should make sure that the workers are protected while working with machinery. If they need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to do their work, then you must provide it.

Note that if the machinery they work with has been identified as hazardous, make sure that all the safety precautions are in place to protect your workers from harm while they work (Section 8.2.b in the OHS Act).

Moreover, before your workers start their work, you need to do what is commonly known, as a 'Daily Safety Task Instruction' (DSTI).

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And here are more aspects you should take into consideration:

•  Keep in mind that your daily safety task instruction lists the steps of the work that must be done for the day and must include such items as PPE, tools and equipment.

•  You should also go through this document with your workers and explain the hazards and the risks attached to whatever work they're going to do.  

•  Moreover, let the workers discuss the hazards and the risks with you so you're sure they really understand.

You should also ensure that each worker signs the DSTI to prove you've explained and discussed the tasks, hazards and risks with them.

To be able to control what your workers do, before you allow your workers to start work, you should check that they have the right personal protective equipment for the work (Section 8.2.f of OHS act).

Also, you have the responsibility to make sure personal protective equipment isn't damaged or dirty. If it's damaged, replace it, and if it is dirty, get the workers to clean it before they put it on.

So eliminate any risk and check the following aspects:
•  Check that the tools and equipment they are using has been checked for damage.
•  Check the area where they will be doing the work to make sure that there are no housekeeping hazards.
•  Ensure that whatever they're going to do will not have a risk effect on other workers.
•  Ensure that any controls and preventive measures listed in the standard procedure for that work are in place and that you're managing it.

Moreover, you have to make sure that your workers understand how important it is to obey the health and safety instructions to prevent injuries, damage and harm against themselves, each other, products, equipment, tools, machinery and anything else in their working environment  (Section 8.2.e).

Don't forget to ensure that your workers obey the law and comply with the regulations attached to the Act where their work may involve legal issues as listed in the regulations (Section 8.2.g).

It's your duty to ensure that you control what your workers do so that they do not put themselves in a dangerous situation!

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