Come Home Safe
The most important reason to make your workplace safe is not at work at all.
On average 51 Western Australians are injured at work each day.
To raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety, in September 2007 WorkSafe ran "Come home safe", a state-wide television and radio campaign which supports the State Government priority of Safer Communities.
It aimed to make workplaces safer by achieving a positive change in workplace safety culture and practices. The campaign focused on the importance of arriving home safely from work and featured children and family members waiting for loved ones to come home from work.
Download the campaign poster and brochure.
Ways to make your workplace safe
There are a number of simple things that can be done to assist in making the workplace a safer place. If you aren't in a position to implement change, consult with someone who can.
Safety and health management in action
- See if your business is eligible for the ThinkSafe Small Business Program.
- Make safety and health part of all strategic and project planning.
- Check safety policies and procedures and review them to keep them up to date.
- Review safety induction procedures for new workers.
- Check that all workers are properly trained and supervised.
- Make safety and health issues a standard agenda item for all workplace meetings.
- Have a safety and health suggestion box for workers.
- Have procedures in place for reporting and investigation of all incidents.
- Conduct regular emergency evacuation drills.
- Complete a WorkSafe Plan Assessment.
Consult and involve staff to raise the profile of safety and health
People with nominated responsibility for promoting safe work practices help to raise the profile of safety and health.
- If you don't have safety and health reps in your workplace, find out more about reps.
- Information on setting up safety and health committees can be found in the guidance note Formal consultative processes at the workplace.
Conduct regular inspections of the workplace
- Use The First Step, a WorkSafe publication to help you establish a risk management system.
- Check for hazards in your workplace using the priority checklists available in The First Step.
- Complete a risk assessment for hazards.
- Decide on how to eliminate or reduce the hazards.
- Encourage people to report incidents. Ask people to identify 3 hazards in their work area and fix them.
- Develop a safety action plan.
- Find out about common hazards that may be present in your workplace.
Spread the word
- Set up a safety and health noticeboard, and keep it updated regularly.
- Put up a display with occupational safety and health posters and publications.
- Include regular safety bulletins workplace newsletters or e-mags.
- Organise a 'meet and greet your safety reps' morning or afternoon tea at your workplace.
- Put safety and health issues as an agenda item for all workplace meetings
Training, health and wellbeing
- Hold short training sessions on safety and health issues that affect your workplace.
- Conduct basic first aid training.
- Organise health programs for staff like yoga, stress management, health assessments.
- Organise walks during the week.