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Danger to Young Workers During Holidays

Graham Marshall - Monday, August 05, 2013

According to the British Safety Council, young workers are at greatest risk of accidents at work during the first few months of a new job.

And with the summer holidays starting now, employers need to pay extra attention to the health and safety of young people hired for holiday work.

By taking some simple steps, the risk of injury to young workers can be easily reduced.

Good leadership is the key in preventing injury to  young people at the start of their working lives.

Organizations need to ensure that safe and healthy work practices are the rule; and that they have a culture that promotes and values safe behaviour.

The first step is to identify the hazards to young workers.

What are the hazards associated with lifting, working at height, using machinery, moving around the site, using chemicals, and such like.

Then using the knowledge of experienced staff, perform necessary risk assessments.

The risk assessments should help management to decide how best to control the hazards faced by young workers.

Reducing the risk profile of the business by adequate hazard management is crucial to achieve the vision that no young workers are injured or killed at work.

Some Problems for Safety Leadership

Graham Marshall - Saturday, July 06, 2013

Safety leadership is recognized as being one of the most important aspects of a successful safety culture in any business.

Safety leadership involves leading from the top.

It involves demonstrating a commitment through behaviours and actions that send a message to workers that the organization and its leaders are serious about managing risk.

But EHS audits commonly identify six issues leaders often overlook.

These problems include the following:

1. Insufficient training for persons in the following key areas:

• Lack of control of hazardous substances;

• lack of control over manual handling operations;

• Poor emergency response planning;

• Inadequate provision, use and re-enforcement of the requirement to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); and

• Lack of, or poorly written Procedures (SOPs) for high risk tasks.

2. Inadequate Health and Safety Committee;

3. EHS Induction Manuals not updated to reflect the new legislative changes;

4. Lack of risk assessments across all areas of the workplace;
5. Workers not adhering to health and safety policies and procedures; and

6. Persons engaged in advising management on health and safety matters lack industry experience, expertise and qualifications.

Demonstrating leadership and commitment to EHS improvement ensures that everyone is clear about their EHS responsibilities.

Worksfe Safety Award for Fremantle Ports

Graham Marshall - Sunday, February 03, 2013

Congratulations from the Risk Tool Box to our clients at Fremantle Ports for having won the prestigious Worksafe Award for the best safety and health management system in the Western Australian public sector.

Initiatives under Fremantle Ports safety plan focus on critical risks, leadership skills, behaviour and OHS support.

We're pleased to be continuing to play a small supporting roll in bow-tie analysis, risk assessment and hazard awareness training  to our key customers at the port operations.

So once again, well done to all concerned!

Safety Leadership Checklist

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Enclosed here is a simple one page site safety checklist that can be used by managers and business leaders to check on safety, environmental, health and reliability issues when visiting locations.

It's free to use so help yourself.

Qantas Dispute

Graham Marshall - Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Risk Tool Box wishes to apologize to our customers who are being negatively impacted by our inability to travel to work locations due to Qantas CEO Alan Joyce's decision to suspend all flights out of Australia.

Due to the lack of workplace participation and any sign of obvious good leadership within Qantas - the cornerstone of good safety practices - we have also lost faith in the Senior Management Team of Qantas to deliver a safe and reliable service.

In response to Alan Joyce's inadequate management of his airline and our safety and reliability concerns about Qantas, the Risk Tool Box is now instructing our employees to make Qantas the last airline of choice when booking flights for business purposes.

We are also making urgent arrangements with other carriers to re-book and mobilize employees as soon as possible.

Once again, we apologize for the problems that Alan Joyce is causing to our customers.

50,000 visits to the Risk Tool Box Shop

Graham Marshall - Sunday, September 18, 2011
Since starting this web blog in January 2011, we're celebrating that we've had over 50,000 visitors to the Risk Tool Box Shop online.

After a slow start in January and February, we're now averaging about 6,000 visits per month to the Risk Tool Box with the numbers of visitors steadily growing month-by-month.

About 8 per cent of daily visitors to the Risk Tool Box Shop blog are making repeat visits.

If this is your first visit to our safety website feel free to jump from this post and use the tags (catalogue) or the monthly archive to the bottom-right of this article to read previous posts on a range of EHS and risk management topics.

Alternatively, you can find out about the safety products in our store by clicking the "Personal Safety", "Operational Safety", "Process Safety", "Behavioural Safety" or "Other Safety Tools" buttons at the top of the screen.
Lastly, please don't forget to leave us a comment if you find a post either interesting or useful (or both)!

Even More Safety Leadership Behaviours

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Enclosed today are a few more HSE-critical behaviours that you can use to demonstrate your Leadership commitment to HSE during time-in-field site visits. 

If you have not already done so, it is worth reviewing the earlier blog posts over the last couple of weeks which provide more information for organizational Leaders.

Here's what you should be doing:

  • Know who the contractors are on site and include them in your visit meetings and "walk-around's";
  • Check the Contractors HSE Plan;
  • Pick 1-2 closed actions from recent Audit Reports and check and verify;
  • Present a tool-box talk;
  • Join a JSA team;
  • Check and verify a Permit to Work during a "walk around";
  • Undertake a HSE observation if the site is using any type of BBS program;
  • Check and verify a written procedure relating to process hazard management during a "walk around"; and
  • Check and verify closed actions from a recent incident investigation.

Contact me if you'd like to maximise the value of your time-in-field visits.


Five More Key Leadership Safety Behaviours

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Over the last couple of weeks I've been posting blogs relating to "HSE Leadership". 

It is worth looking back at those posts if you haven't yet checked them out.

Today I am posting six more key HSE behaviours that leaders are able to use to demonstrate HSE commitment during their site visits. 

The key site-visit behaviours are listed below:

  • Ask and find out what activities are happening on site prior to your visit;
  • Ask and find out about HSE performance of the site;
  • Ask and find out what the recent site HSE achievements have been;
  • Ask and find out about violations of safety critical procedures or Golden Safety Rules (where available); 
  • Demonstrate your knowledge about the good and not-so-good site HSE performance issues during your site visit conversations; and
  • Use your knowledge of site HSE conditions to demonstrate you're aware of what is going on at site.


Tomorrow I'll post a few more HSE critical behaviours that demonstrate your HSE leadership during site visits.

Safety Leadership Behaviours During Site Visits

Graham Marshall - Monday, July 11, 2011

Senior Management site visits are now routinely accepted as a defining characteristic found in organizations with a more mature safety culture.

In fact, the concept of “time-in-field” has become such an established aspect of performance arrangements that Senior Managers are now measured against it and visits are now frequently a HSE key performance indicator. 

Given the generally positive assumptions surrounding time-in-field safety initiatives, today's blog identifies eight key actions that Leaders actually need to be doing to demonstrate HSE leadership.

The key actions are listed below:

  • Schedule the required time for the site visit and stick to your commitment;
  • Agree the agenda for the visit with site management and the HSE team;
  • Plan to have at least a 50:50 split between discussions with the site management team and site "walk-arounds";
  • 75:25 office to "on-site" time is an even better mix;
  • Allow sufficient time for the visit and where possible, stay overnight.  This will allow for more "informal" observation of the general HSE culture on site;
  • Ensure you arrive with the necessary PPE;
  • Ensure you complete any necessary pre-trip planning and applicable inductions; and
  • Demonstrate HSE commitment by applying safe journey management controls.

Below you will find a link to a little more information on lessons the Leaders can learn about site visits.


To review a copy of the presentation, please click here.

Golden Safety Rules

Graham Marshall - Thursday, July 07, 2011
Over the years, various organizations and industry groups have looked to macro-analysis of incidents to capture the key lessons to learn for the prevention of fatalities.  BHP Billiton has come up with its Fatal Risk Protocols.  BP and Woodside both have Golden Safety Rules.  Shell has also established a set of Live Saving Rules aimed at preventing fatal accidents.

Below is a summary of key critical controls that will go a long way to preventing fatalities in the workplace and at home.

1.   Valid Permit to Work when required;

2.   Install and verify energy isolations when required;

3.   Ensure gas testing and monitoring when required;

4.   No entry to confined spaces without a risk assessment;

5.   No removal or disabling of safety critical equipment without a risk assessment;

6.   Appropriate fall arrest to be used for work at heights;

7.   No walking or working below suspended loads;

8.   No smoking outside designated areas;

9.   No alcohol or other drugs affecting work performance;

10. No use of mobile phone when operating vehicles;

11. Always wear your seatbelt in vehicles; and

12. Use Think 6, Look 6 for managing hazards in every task.

Following those rules will go a long way to making sure you go home to your family today.

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