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5 Tips to creating a better culture of workplace health and safety

 How can you improve the current workplace culture toward Work Health and Saftey?

1. Frequent and informal communication.

imagesCommunication between workers and management on safety management raises workers’ awareness of and can potentially contribute to a positive preventative safety culture. People work more safely when they are involved in the decision making process.

 

 

images (1)2. Set the example.

Managers that model behaviour by making a personal contribution to WHS consultation can significantly change the way their team thinks about health and safety in the workplace.

 

 

 

3. Reward positive contributions. download (1)

This has lasting effects to culture change. An organisation is formed to achieve certain goals and objectives by bringing individuals together on a common platform and motivating them to deliver their best. It is essential for the employees to enjoy the workplace for them to develop a sense of loyalty towards it. The organisation must offer a positive atmosphere to the employees.

 

 

download4. Promote team building activities.

Conduct training programs, workshops, seminars and presentations to upgrade the existing skills of the employees and to bind the employees together. Team building improves communication, boosts morale, increases motivation, improves productivity and a fun way to learning effective health and safety strategies.

 

 

 

personal responsibility5. Make it personal.

Personal safety responsibility, control and rational judgment are essential to a good health and safety culture. An organisation is said to have a strong work culture when the employees follow the organisation’s rules and regulations and adhere to the existing guidelines.

Allowing personal responsibility within organisational guidelines gives employees ownership of their responsibilities and personal satisfaction.

 

 

Information source: comcare

Workplace Hazard and Risk Assessment

What is a workplace hazard?
A hazard is anything in the workplace that has the potential to harm people.
Hazard types can include (but not limited to):
~ Objects, items, equipment in the workplace, such as machinery or dangerous chemicals.
~ The way work is done. Such as manual handling, excessive noise and fatigue.

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Risk factors

A risk arises when it’s possible that a hazard will actually cause harm. The risk of a hazard is based on Probability & Consequences. Factors such as:
~ How often the job is done
~ The number of workers involved
~ The likelihood of injury
~ How serious any injuries that result could be

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Workplace Assessment begins with consulting staff on any potential health and safety issues they have become aware of and also a physical walk through of the workplace looking for potential hazards and typically follows four steps:

1. Finding hazards

2. Assessing the degree of severity of a possible injury and the likelihood of injury from a hazard

3. Fixing the problems by deciding on the most effective risk controls that are reasonably practicable

4. Reviewing your risk controls and checking that they work effectively


Information sources: www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au, www.worksafe.vic.gov.au


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Stress and Workplace Compensation Claims

businessmen-530331__180Stress is the second most common cause of workplace compensation claims in Australia.

What is Stress?

The World Health Organisation defines stress as “the reaction people may have when presented with demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope”.

Stress can occur in a wide range of situations, but is often made worse when employees feel they have little support from supervisors and colleagues or little control over their work.

A recent report shows the highest rates of mental stress claims were by workers with high levels of responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of others at risk in dangerous situations; such as the workplace First Aid and Safety Officer.

Types of Mental Stress

Workers’ compensation claims in Australia are coded according to the Type of Occurrence Classification System. Mental stress includes sub-categories distinguished by the nature of the actions, exposures and events that might lead to disorders as specified. The sub categories are:

> Work pressure

Mental stress disorders arising from work responsibilities and workloads, deadlines, organisational restructure, workplace interpersonal conflicts and workplace performance or promotion issues.

> Exposure to workplace or occupational violence

Being the victim of assault by a person or persons who may or may not be work colleagues; and being a victim of or witnessing bank robberies, hold-ups and other violent events.

> Exposure to traumatic event

Disorders arising from witnessing a fatal or other incident, suicide or attempted suicide.

> Other mental stress factors

Including dietary or deficiency diseases (Bulimia, Anorexia).

> Work-related harassment &/or workplace bullying

Repetitive assault and/or threatened assault by a work colleague or colleagues; and repetitive verbal harassment, threats, and abuse from a work colleague or colleagues.

> Other harassment

Being the victim of sexual or racial harassment by a person or persons including work colleague/s.

worried-girl-413690__180What Are The Risks?

The hazards that result in mental stress claims vary with worker age. Younger workers are more likely to make claims as a result of Exposure to workplace or occupational violence, whereas Work pressure is the main cause of mental stress claims for older workers.

Work-related stress can take a serious toll on employees, affecting their:

  • mental health (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety)
  • physical health (e.g. musculoskeletal disorders and cardiovascular disease)
  • work performance (e.g. incidents and injuries), and
  • social relationships (e.g. irritability leading to social isolation, anxiety and depression )

Mental stress claims are the most expensive form of workers’ compensation claims because of the often lengthy periods of absence from work typical of these claims.

Possible signs of stress can include:

  • migraines
  • sleep disorders
  • muscular tension
  • increased blood pressure or cholesterol
  • allergies or skin disorders
  • gastrointestinal disorders or weight problems
  • anxiety or depression
  • impatience, irritability or aggression
  • mood swings
  • memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  • extensive use of sick leave

Find out how you can make your workplace safer and reduce the risk of stress

Information and Resources for workplaces:

http://www.headsup.org.au/

Read the full report: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/about/Publications/Documents/769/The-Incidence-Accepted-WC-Claims-Mental-Stress-Australia.pdf

Additional information source: worksafe.vic.gov.au, beyond blue

The Five Daily Habits of Successful People

Time Management

time-430625__180A great skill to have is knowing what is absolutely urgent and what can wait until tomorrow. This one takes time to figure out as well as a fair amount of discipline, but just remember that not every email needs to be answered the day it is received.

TIP: Write a to­-do list with a time budget next to each.

Once the assigned amount of time is up, move on to the next thing. This ensures small tasks don’t blow out and take half a day.

Minimise Distractions

macbook-606763__180A huge part of making time productive is minimising distractions. Again, this is easier said than done. Keep your phone at a physical distance, stay out of the kitchen to avoid boredom eating and have a clear working space.

The worst thing about being in front of a computer for hours each day means it’s incredibly easy to get distracted by an infinite number of blogs, cat videos and social media sites.

Tip: Turn Wi­Fi off when possible, turn off email notifications and block distracting sites.

Follow A Routine

Whether it’s waking up at the same time every day, hitting the gym early or catching up on business news and current affairs, it’s important to create positive habits to reduce stress and start the day well. Successful people don’t sleep until 2pm on the weekends, or roll out of bed five minutes before a meeting either.

break-18987__180Tip: It’s all about being prepared, relaxed and productive.

They say it takes about three weeks to form a new habit, so start today and you’ll be seeing the benefits in no time at all.

Set Goals

It’s easy to avoid doing things or to get stuck in a rut when there’s no end in sight. From daily to­-do lists to broader long­-term goals, make sure you know where you’re headed.

They could be financial, career ­related, personal or business ­related.

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Work Life Balance

Being successful requires hard work, determination and plenty of resilience. But you also need a strong support network and life outside of work. Barack Obama ensures he gets home to eat dinner with his family each night. If he can do it, so can you.

brothers-457237__180It could be spending more time with family and friends, learning a new skill, playing sport, or ensuring you have enough time for a hobby or holiday; the most important thing is that work isn’t the only thing you do.

Tip: Make it a rule to take time out, turn work emails off at home and prioritise what’s really important.

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