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Safe Work Month 2023

A safe and healthy workplace benefits everyone.

Safe Work Month 2023

A safe and healthy workplace benefits everyone.

This October is Safe Work Month, and it's the perfect opportunity for the industry to reflect, regroup, and have a focus on site in day to day discussions on workplace safety.

Safety should always be at the forefront of our minds, especially in the construction industry.

Industry has made significant strides over the last two decades and workplace safety incidents on sites are continuing to trend downwards – but it's essential that we as the industry continue to take steps to manage risks and keep our workplaces and workers safe and healthy.

That’s why National Safe Work Month is important as a reminder, an opportunity or just a good reason to chat with your workmates about it – remember if you see something on site like a scaffold plank been moved on a nail sticking up from a bit of timber – don’t walk by it – safety on site is a responsibility for all of us.

To support the industry and help with the focus on safety on site, the key themes for safe work month we will discuss are the importance of safe work practices, the role of mental health in the workplace, and strategies to support all workers.

Hear from the team at Beaumonde Homes, HIA member for 35 years, why Safe Work Month is important.

Hear from the team at Beaumonde Homes, HIA member for 35 years, why Safe Work Month is important.

Working together to manage risks at work

One of the most effective ways to prevent injuries and fatalities at work is through regular risk assessments. Risk management is the safety net for our workplaces.

Conducting a risk assessment means identifying potential hazards, assessing the risks, and deciding on control measures. It's important to involve all staff in this process.

Engaging with your workers each step of the way ensures that everyone is aware of the risks and has a say in the control measures.

So remember to work together and communicate clearly with your staff to reduce risks and prevent incidents from happening.

Start with understanding things like:

As well as sizing up the risks is the first step in the right direction.

Working together to protect workers’ mental health

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and it's essential that we protect workers' psychological well-being.

It's important to create a work environment that promotes mental well-being. Employers should consider factors such as workload, resources, and support systems to reduce workplace stress and promote a positive work culture.

We can all do our bit to ensure worksites and offices are supportive places where everyone can thrive and feel appreciated.

Find out more about how to look after your own mental health and keep an eye out for your mates.

 

Working together to support all workers

All workers have the right to be safe at work, and it's our responsibility as employers to ensure that they are. Factors such as being younger, working alone, or being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background can impact workers' vulnerability to workplace hazards.

It's essential to develop strategies that support all workers, regardless of their background or work status. As employers, we have a duty to ensure that our workplaces are inclusive and safe for everyone.

So don’t leave anyone behind, and keep it real and safe everyone, so not just assuming all workers have some level of knowledge and understanding of things that happen on site all the time and making sure we’re all up-to-date on basic safety methods like:

Working together to ensure a safe and healthy workplace

While physical hazards are well known and managed on site daily, other hazards like minimising workers exposure to hazardous dusts are just as critical. It's essential to stay informed by:

As work methods and patterns evolve and new forms of work emerge, our WHS approach needs to adapt.

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Safety products

Risk register template

This Safety eDoc template can be used to guide workers through the risk identification process and facilitate the documentation of necessary data. If ...

Hazardous chemicals register template

This Safety eDoc template can be used to guide workers through the hazardous chemicals identification process and facilitate the documentation of nece...

Electrical test and tag register template

This Safety eDoc template can be used to guide workers through the Electrical Test & Tag process and facilitate the documentation of necessary data. I...

Toolbox talk record template

This Safety eDoc template can be used to guide workers through the Toolbox Talk process and facilitate the documentation of necessary data. If you hav...

Safe Work Method Statement template

A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) sets out high risk construction work (HRCW) activities to be carried out at a workplace, the hazards arising from ...

Worker training management template

This Safety eDoc template can be used to guide workers through the Worker Training process and facilitate the documentation of necessary data. If you ...

Working at heights SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) template outlines potential health and safety hazards associated with working at heights. It details typical co...

Removing non-friable asbestos on construction site SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with Removing Non Friable Asbestos on Construction...

Working with silica on construction sites SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with Working with Silica on a Construction Site an...

Demolition work SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with Demolition Work and details control measures ...

Bricklaying SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with Bricklaying and details control measures to m...

Erecting scaffolds SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with erecting scaffolds and details control measur...

Working with ladders SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with working with ladders and details control meas...

Kitchen and bathroom renovations SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with Kitchen and Bathroom Renovations and details ...

Carpentry shop fitout SWMS template

Undertaking high risk construction work while completing carpentry fit out works require a Safe Work Method Statement to be prepared. This SWMS ident...

Stick wall frame and trusses SWMS template

This SWMS template identifies potential work health and safety hazards associated with stick wall framing and trusses.

Installation of engineered stone benchtops SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with Installation of Engineered Stone Bench tops ...

Install metal roofing with mesh SWMS template

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) identifies high risk construction work activities associated with Installing Metal Roofing with Mesh and detail...

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