Find the hazards in your workplace

Tips

  • Be prepared for a WorkSafe visit by doing your own inspection.
  • Start by finding anything in your workplace with the potential to cause harm.
  • Consult with your workers. It’s a legal requirement to discuss safety in the workplace, and you can get great insights and solutions.
  • Tool box talks, team meetings and face-to-face discussions are great opportunities to discuss safety.
  • In consultation with workers, look at every task in your workplace and note the hazards in a Safety Action Plan.
  • Go through any injury records you have to see if any patterns are emerging.

Assess the risks

Tips

  • Review each hazard and decide what requires the most urgent attention.
  • Take a close look at each hazard and identify the possible outcomes if things go wrong.
  • Establish if there are things you can do right now, as a short term fix, while you work out a permanent solution.
  • Rank the hazards in priority order from highest to lowest.
  • Regularly review and update your list in consultation with your workers.
  • Make sure potential new hazards are immediately identified.

Fix the problems

Tips

  • After prioritising the hazards on your list, start fixing the problems immediately.
  • Your first aim should be totally removing the risk, like removing slipping or tripping hazards or finding alternative ways to do a task.
  • If you can’t totally remove the risk, find ways to control it – like altering the way jobs are done, changing work procedures or providing protective equipment.
  • If you can’t find a straightforward solution, check WorkSafe Victoria’s Knowledge Centre to see if there’s a documented solution.
  • Contact your industry associations or groups for their advice.
  • Talk to other people in your industry to see how they’ve handled similar problems.
Last year, there were 26,757 workplace injuries

Last year, there were 26,757 workplace injuries

Almost 40,000 inspections a year

WorkSafe conducted almost 40,000 inspections

Notices issued

And issued 16,500 improvement notices

Unsafe workplaces face penalties including criminal offence or fines of thousands of dollars

Employers face a criminal conviction and significant fines if found guilty of breaching OHS laws

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