Safety Procedures are available across all industries and for all types of equipment and processes. Procedures that are easy to understand and easy to use can significantly help manage the safety of your workplace.
Safety Procedures - Construction & Building
Saftety Procedures are becoming more commonplace in the Construction and Building Industries. Principle Contractors are implementing Safety Procedures, and they are also expecting Sub-Contractors to provide Safety Procedures for the work they are performing.Construction Safety Procedures include Asbestos Removal, Air Compressors, Circular Saws, Demolition Work, Electrical Power Tools, Hiab Cranes, Nail Guns, Scaffolding, Working on Roofs, Safety Harnesses and more.
How To Develop A Safety Procedure
Safety Procedures are not complicated to develop. Firstly, complete a Job Safety Analysis Sheet. Some common steps include:
- Risk Assessments
- Pre-Start Checks
- Site Safety
- Personal Protective Equipment
- First Aid
- General Safety Information
- Job Completion
It is also recommended to review:
- State and Federal Legislative Requirements
- Industry Standards
- Manufacturer's Recommendations (Where Applicable)
- Accident and Prosecution Case Studies
- International Industry Information
Developing OHS Systems in your workplace can seem overwhelming at first, but by breaking it down into chunk size pieces. Many OHS Consultants believe that you need to start your OHS Systems by creating a mountain of paper work covering every area of your business. While documentation is important, you need to be practical. For example, if you have an engineering workshop with no OHS Systems in place, and your employees are tripping over equipment and materials , then start by cleaning up the workshop and re-organise it so it is easier to keep tidy.
Each company needs to conduct a basic risk assessment as to where their greatest dangers are, and how to minimise them. Once you start asking the right questions, continuing to develop a Safety Culture becomes more a way of life, rather than a choir. After all no employer wants an injury at their workplace.
Beyond the basics
Once you have began to consider your risks and implemented improvements to reduce the hazards, you are on your way to developing a structured OHS System. Once a workplace realises what daily steps need to be taken in order to work safely, they then have the job of making sure everyone follows them. This is where a written OHS Policy Manual, or Safety Manual comes into play. A standard set of Safety Policies and Procedures relating to your workplace becomes an agreement for employees and contractors to adhere to whilst working. They should sign off on a OHS Policy Manual, and they should also sign off on each OHS Procedure that relates to their workplace responsibilites.
Safety Procedures Explained
A Safety Procedure is developed by Employer's, Principle Contractors and Sub-Contractors for work that they are performing. It details how specific risks in the workplace will be managed.
No matter what industry you are in, we can provide Safety Procedures for Construction, Industrial, Manufacturing and Professional Services. Our team of Safety Consultants are constantly developing new procedures for all types of plant, equipment and workplace processes. Procedures are developed after consulting with manufactures recommendations, Australian Standards, Industrial Relations and other Government bodies who provide valuable information for developing the safest procedures..
Safety Procedure Format
There are many different types of Safety Procedure formats, however a comphrensive procedure can only be developed after a risk assessment has been conductied. Once the risks and hazards have been identifiied, a review of federal and state legislative requirements, national standards, manufacturer's recommendations and industy information including case studies needs to be conducted.
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Apart from having a written OHS Manual, the next step is to conduct an OHS Audit. The aim of this is to simply create a step by step process to achieve a Safety Culture throughout the workplace. A comprehensive OH&S Audit will indentify and prioritise areas for improvement throughout the companies operations. Once your OHS risks have been indentified, you can develop a timeline and work through the steps one at a time. For the best OHS Audits click here.
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