Scaled Management Systems

Work Health & Safety

Auditing Improves WHS Performance

The client’s problem A metal manufacturing company identified that their health and safety management system’s effectiveness could be improved. There was a widely held belief throughout the company that WHS was a reactionary process controlled by the WHS Coordinator. Consequently, WHS initiatives proved difficult to implement. Organised, planned or systematic methods did not have the

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Incident Investigation Procedure

The client’s problem As there was not a consistent definition or interpretation on incidents & their investigation, a small civil construction company was having difficulty identifying the root causes of incidents. Solution In consultation with their employees, the existing procedure was redeveloped to provide managers and supervisors with concise guidance on the: Definition of an

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) – Part 2

Demonstrating the company’s commitment to safety requires action and discussion which is led by management and yet involves employees at every step. Communicating with employees about safety commitment & compliance Allowing employees to make some decisions about their equipment, and ensuring it is as comfortable, familiar and personal as possible is preferable to cornering difficult

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) – Part 1

Achieving compliance is a major obstacle for employees using PPE. Whether the PPE is supplied simply to achieve legal compliance or is being genuinely provided as the last resort within the hierarchy of control, safety practitioners always struggle with encouraging compliance. Resistance occurs for many reasons and there are many practical ways to approach the

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Safety Alert – Faulty Grinding Discs

On the 13/1/16, an employee at Ottoway Fabrications Whyalla facility reported a 125mm Flexovit grinding disc had started to show signs of damage in normal use, he changed the disc out and continued using another disc from the same box, again he noticed the new disc doing the same. The employee brought the 2 discs to

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Part 8a – The Concepts of Incident Causation

In Part 7 we came to understand not only how human and social factors can influence our perceptions of incident causality we also determined that incident investigations can be a valuable tool for concentrating efforts on the continual improvement of management systems.

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