If you work in construction or trades, you’re well aware of how physically demanding with heavy machinery and tools can be – especially in tough outdoor conditions. That’s why workplace safety procedures are in place - to keep you and your workmates safe.
It’s not enough to simply obtain a White Card and then forget about it. It’s important to remember and implement what you learned during your safety training. Here are some tips for remembering workplace health and safety procedures, especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve done your White Card training (or if you haven’t obtained one yet).
Here’s a few tips to keep safety front of mind when you’re at work:
Refresh your knowledge
If it’s been a while since you have done any safety training, it’s a good idea to regularly refresh your knowledge so you’re not caught out if something happens. Do this by reading the materials provided to you during your last safety training course, or by enrolling in a new one. This will help you to remember the key health and safety procedures that you need to follow while on the job.
Display important reminders in areas where they are most relevant. For example, if you are working on a construction site, you could post reminders about wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in the area where PPE is required. This will help to reinforce the importance of following these procedures.
Discuss procedures with your colleagues
Safety should be top of mind when you’re working in high-risk conditions. By discussing procedures with others, you can share knowledge and learn from each other’s experiences. You can also work together to identify potential hazards and come up with solutions to minimise risks.
Regularly review and update procedures
Workplace health and safety procedures are not set in stone. They can change over time as new risks are identified, or as new technology is introduced. Make sure you review and update your procedures to ensure that they are up-to-date and relevant. This helps you to stay informed about the latest best practices and procedures for staying safe on the job.
Fatigue can be a major factor in workplace accidents. It’s important to take regular breaks throughout the day to rest and recharge to help prevent fatigue-related accidents and keep you alert and focused while you’re working.
Finally, if you do experience an incident on the job, it’s important to report it as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that the incident is properly documented and that steps can be taken to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
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