Be Safe – Inside and Out
– October is National Safe Work Month with the campaign ‘think safe. work safe. be safe.’
– Different safety themes and events are happening throughout the month
– Businesses are asked to get involved and help develop the safety culture of their operation
– Week 4 finishes with ‘be safe – Inside and out’ to increase awareness of the issues
Being safe inside and out includes identifying and managing the workplace hazards which can cause harm to workers, whether working in an office environment or outside.
Businesses must eliminate or minimise workplace risks to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers.
The ‘Be Safe – Inside and out’ theme for the last week of Safe Work Month aims to encourage everyone to focus on workplace hazards, both inside and out.
A workplace hazard is anything in the design or management of work that has the potential to cause injury to a person or persons. It doesn’t matter where you work – in an office, in a vehicle, or outside – there are potential work health and safety hazards in all workplaces that need to be managed.
Some important things to remember for all workplaces:
- Mental health is a workplace hazard that must be managed.
- When doing work that requires lifting or manual handling, there are procedures that must be followed to limit the risk of serious injury.
- The latest WES (workplace exposure standards) must be followed, and all practicable measures put in place to limit the damage caused by limited ventilation and airborne hazardous chemicals.
- To operate safely in this changed world, businesses need to effectively manage and minimise risks to health and safety from COVID-19. This includes hand hygiene, cleaning workspaces, masks and ventilation.
- If you work with hazardous chemicals, you must be aware of the GHS 7 and what the requirements are.
When working inside, or in a vehicle, hazards can be present including:
- Sitting for too long in one position
- Working in confined spaces
- COVID-19 exposure
Working outside can present hazards including:
- Extreme heat or cold
- Bushfires/bushfire smoke
- UVR exposure
- The danger of using Elevated Work Platforms
Safe Work Australia has developed a range of resources to assist businesses and workers in understanding their WHS responsibilities, identifying risks and managing control measures to reduce the risks.
See further information and resources from Safe Work Australia at: www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au or for further information on assessing your exposure or to access a free farm safety inspection for Turf Australia members contact TurfPlus at www.turfplus.com.au