CUT-&-PASTE SAFETY MANUAL ABSOLUTELY FREE!
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List of Contents1 Using the manual2 Introduction to the Manual3 Planning for safety:
- Safety Management Plan
- Risk Management
- Internal Auditing
- Gap Analysis4 Legislation
- The Act
- The Regulation
- Codes of Practices
- Standards5 WHS Policy and Procedures
- Content of WHS Policies & Procedures
- Sample General WHS Policy
- Sample Manual Handling Policy6 Management Procedures
- Roles and Responsibilities
- General Manager Responsibilities
- Supervisor/Line Manager responsibilities
- WHS Representatives
- Grievance & Discipline
- Sample Consultation StatementTraining
- Training Need
- Training Session
- Trainee's Risk Mgt Workbook7�Operational Procedures
- Manual Handling
- Slips/Trips/Falls/ Work at Heights
- Emergency Response
- First Aid
- Injury Management
- Return-to-work Coordinator Guidelines8 Contractor Management9 Forms
- WHS Inspection Checklists
- Chemical Storage & Handling
- Safe Work Procedures
- Incident/First Aid Reporting Form
- Workplace Safety Rules
- Visitor Sign-in Sheet
- Injury Management
- Manual Handling Worksheets10 WHS Encyclopaedia
It does not hurt for you to understand the way 'cut-&- paste' systems have undergone the process of negative to positive connotations in the experience of SafeMeasure staff. In fact, here's an edited spiel Doug Wakefield gave about systems, safety, life, death, taxes�and so forth during the original manual launch:
"Hi, my name is Doug Wakefield.
When I created the info in this manual, I must admit I had some misgivings.
I don't particularly like 'cut and paste' OHS systems as such, because it is too easy for a system to be created to achieve an initial 'paper-trail' endorsement from a third party, and then to put the system on the shelf with no further reference nor understanding. After that, it usually only comes off the shelf when an incident occurs that brings in a statutory body, and an investigator applies gap analysis.
This analysis reveals something along the lines of: "Hey, this what you say you do, why didn't you do it?!!"
Now, having got that off my chest, I must say that from working in the field of OHS for a few years, the bottom line is that even firms where very specific systems have been tailored by WHS specialists - and often at great expense -�these systems can also�suffer the fate of being put on the shelf and forgotten about!
Sooo, I figured "Why not produce a manual that provides substantial knowledge in safety that is practical and immediately useful, both in terms of providing paper-trails in WHS, as well as providing data that does lead to good safety records when applied, and to provide this information at a reasonable price (FREE)?"
I must emphasise, the manual is not an overnight dalliance on my part. It uses information garnered from my years of experience in commercial and industrial work. Work that has included electrical contracting in domestic and industrial settings, accountancy work in the commercial sector, human resource management in the health care industry and, of all things, some commercial diving and salvage work. I have also owned and run market stalls, worked as a typographer and graphics layout draughtsman, performed as a musician and in theatre. I have never been a brain surgeon nor a jet pilot, but at only 67 years young, who knows what my�future holds!
My work has also taken me to continents and countries as diverse as Europe,�USA, Malaysia and India.
I have credentials in safety auditing and management, investigation and analysis. I am a Registered Safety Professional in Australia - courtesy of the�Safety Institute of Australia -�and am working toward a Fellow of that body.
Academic qualification includes degrees from the University of Newcastle in WHS�- a university I chose because of its proximity to the mining areas, as well as -�at the time -�its proximity to a large steel works. My other degree is from the University of Sydney in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management. I did this because I wanted an understanding of the political nature of WHS issues -�and WHS is a very political animal, make no mistake! It is also one of those disciplines where the rift between ethics and politics is regularly visible.
The work in the manual�is part ethics and part politics.
Ethics are regularly mentioned in the workplaces of modern, first-world societies. Usually, it comes in the form of a mission statement, such as "Your safety is our first priority", or "Safety First: otherwise don't start work", or "Safety First: No Exception", or "Safety is not Negotiable", or "No Safety? No Work!" and so on.
It all sounds fine, but when it comes to the crunch, pretty much all of us can recall places where these statements are given lip-service only, while behind the scenes, even deliberate acts of 'unsafety' occur!
I think it is rather peculiar, since without our own life, work will certainly continue, but not for us; good�days will continue to happen, but not for us; bad days will continue to happen, but not for us... In other words, that wonderful thing called life, with all its ups and downs, will continue, but we won't be around to enjoy the ride! Besides, even if we survive some workplace catastrophe, it can certainly be made very difficult�for us to�work at all, should illness or injury impair us in our actions and thoughts.
Therefore 'safety' must be considered as the first priority, and everything else can fall into place afterward.
It is like giving 'safety' the number one in the workplace and everything else the figure '0'. If we put safety second, we'd end up with a number like 'zero point one (0.1)', if we put safety third, our number would then be '0 point zero one (0.01)' and so on. However, if we put safety first, we'd end up with the numbers 10, 100 and so forth, indicating, to me, that when we consider the experience of safety in the purest form, we cannot help to not only add to the nett worth of the enterprise, but to multiply the return on the safety investment.
Make safety number 1 in the operation and everything else adds to the nett worth; place safety second and the nett worth of our operations becomes fractional.
The ethics of safety includes passing-on good techniques for the management of safety issues. Safety management systems that will ensure that no-one ever gets hurt - nor does property damage occur - from coming into contact with the workplace and its goods and services.
In the manual, there are tools that provide ideas you can implement in your day-to-day business function that will help you reach that fabulous goal of 'no injuries or damage�- ever!'
The politics in the manual include legislative overviews as well as draughts of policy statements and documentary paths you can follow in order to minimise the impact of any prosecution by a statutory body.
For example, the area of contractor control underlines your responsibility to ensure any contractor you use signs a 'contractors statement', outling the contractor's diligence in having appropriate workers compensation for all the contractor's employees; fully paid-up wages, superannuation, public liability and professional indemnity insurances, etc. and that you check the truth of that statement.
This will help defend you against any claims of public liability, workers compensation, etc. that may arise through poor safety management on the part of that contractor... and, as you'll learn, your responsibility for the contractor, the contractor's team, and the contractor's work, does not end just because you out-sourced that work!
In the manual there are a number of documents that address the most common issues faced by businesses, but certainly not all the issues.
For example, some businesses�- even small ones�- will need to have documents that touch on infection control issues. This would include the small dental surgery which is advised to establish a written programme for infection control. Another firm might need an explicit explosives programme,�such as�a small building contractor regularly using an explosives-powered nail gun, and so on.
Remember that WHS professionals like myself can assist in the production of specialist documents, but ultimately it is up to the stakeholders in the business to take ownership of the programmes and draw them up in a way that truly reflects the needs of that particular workplace. External advice provides a guidance, but the business must establish its own internal culture of safety.
I hope the information in the manual will be used by you to keep the spark of safety alive in your own mind, and allow you to nurture that spark until it becomes a beacon for safety in your own workplace. It is handy to note the aim of genuine safety professionals is to make themselves redundant as quickly as possible, by ensuring the culture of safety runs right through the workplace and beyond.
The only way to do this is to apply the rule:
'Inspiration plus information equals achieve the goal.'
And the formula MUST be applied in that order!
That is: Inspiration is the first thing we need.
If we are not inspired, at least be able to act inspired (we all have the occasional 'bad' day when a smile has to be forced) but if we can't even act inspired, then I suggest it is time to look for another job.
Once we are inspired, we will gladly gather together the information we need and apply it to achieve the end-goal.
I'll leave you with my own personal definition of safety:
"Safety: the ability to enjoy my next breath in the most beautiful and comfortable way possible!"
And finally, as I like to emphasise to all my clients and their Workers:
'I hope never to see your body parts in my forensic photographs collection!'
Enjoy this life..."
So, there you have it, from the horse's mouth!