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World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Today marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work. We encourage you to use this time to evaluate your workspace and consider any changes you could make to achieve a safer work environment for you and your co-workers.

To get you started, here are 12 tips from Talking Safety with Young Workers, which is an initiative of Youthsafe and The Australian Retailer’s Association.

  1. Get some training and learn how to identify hazards, manage risks and do the job safely before you start.
  2. Ask your supervisor to watch and check that you are doing the job the right way.
  3. Speak up and let supervisors know if you think a task is too dangerous or difficult for you.
  4. Ask questions and check with supervisors and co-workers when you aren't sure or can't remember how to do a job safely.
  5. Learn what to do and where to get help in an emergency.
  6. Always follow the safety rules and procedures.
  7. Always wear any personal protective equipment provided by your employer.
  8. Report all incidents (minor or major), WHS incidents and near misses.
  9. Look out for and report hazards.
  10. Keep an eye on your co-workers, especially if they are new to the workplace and don't know all the WHS issues.
  11. Try to get a good night’s rest before heading into work. Feeling tired can lead to dangerous mistakes.
  12. If you have a safety concern, talk with more experienced workers such as supervisors, co-workers or your family to get some advice.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: April 27, 2014.

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