How do I make my workplace safe?
We’re very glad you asked this question.
Workplace safety isn’t something to take for granted. It is everyone’s responsibility, yours included.
And your vigilance could save a life. Maybe yours.
So, make your workplace safe by identifying potential hazards, noting where they are and what you are doing to deal with them.
This isn’t difficult. If you have eyeballs and a brain, you are doing it.
What you probably are not doing is writing it down. So start.
This is vital for several reasons.
Clarity. When the hazard is recorded in writing, it helps people understand what it is.
Memory. It helps people remember the hazard exists.
Distribution. Everyone can be warned about every hazard, easily.
Protection. The list protects your staff and colleagues. And so is the business, which can demonstrate it has considered the safety of everyone on the worksite. Remember, if it isn’t written down, it never happened.
The writing doesn’t have to be elaborate. Noting, “Hole in ground must be fenced,” is great. So is, “Mobile equipment - need high-vis PPE.”
Identifying and dealing with hazards has to work for you and your crew, so discuss it, come up with a workable plan and jot that plan down.
We have prepared several sample forms that you can use in your workplace to assess risk prior to beginning work.
Field Level Risk Assessment
Sample Field Level Risk Assessment Form (PDF format)
Sample Field Level Risk Assessment Form (Microsoft Word format)
Job Hazard Analysis
Sample Job Hazard Analysis Form (PDF format)
Sample Job Hazard Analysis Form (Microsoft Word format)
Workplace Risk Assessment
Sample Workplace Risk Assessment Form (PDF format)
Sample Workplace Risk Assessment Form (Microsoft Word format)