Across the globe a staggering 6,300 people die every day because of occupational accidents or work-related diseases, equating to more than 2.3 million deaths per year. In 2020 there were 194 work-related fatalities in Australian workplaces alone. Safe Work Australia has published data that by ‘mechanism of incident’ 41% of those were due to vehicle collision, 13% was resulting impact from a moving object and 11% from falls from a height.
Raising awareness of health and safety practices in the workplace will help to build solid WHS protocols to keep workers safe and prevent avoidable accidents from occurring in Australian workplaces.
28 April 2022 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. The day presents an opportunity to reflect on how preventative action can be taken to minimise the risk of occupational deaths, injuries, and illnesses. It is also a day to remember those who have lost their lives from a work-related injury or illness.
Better practices to ensure everyone’s safety
The theme for this year's World Day for Safety and Health at Work is ‘Act together to build a positive safety and health culture’.This theme encourages workplaces to foster a strong work health and safety culture in which everyone contributes to a safe and healthy working environment.
Preventative action for improved safety at work includes training
Here’s a round-up of short digital workplace courses with learning content provided by subject matter expert (SME), Greencap that has been leading the way in risk management and compliance in Australia since 1984. Greencap wants to make the world safer - and that starts with the protection of People, Property, and the Environment.
Safety first to avoid falls
One of the highest risks in the workplace is falls. They can be serious and worse, fatal. Surprisingly falls are largely from steps or ladders with heights of less than 4 metres. Falls also occur from roofs or scaffolds.
Working at Heights Hazard Guide is a short course aimed at workers who are already proficient and is used as a sign off to confirm competence.
Learners can glean information on:
- working at heights and some of the common situations where working at heights may be required, and
- controls that should be applied to reduce the risk associated with working at heights.
Safe handling and storage of hazardous materials
Handling dangerous products in workplaces requires a heightened responsibility and duty of care. If you use, handle or store hazardous chemicals in the workplace you will have specific duties and must comply with the relevant standards, codes of practice, and legislation to control WHS risks under the model WHS Regulations.
This selection of courses relating to the handling of hazardous materials reflects the latest Australian legislation and recommended best practice.
Biological Hazards Hazard Guide provides the learner with an understanding of the controls that should be applied to biological hazards in the workplace. Hazardous Chemicals for Managers and Supervisors applies to tradies in senior roles with direction and rules around how to manage hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
Hazardous Chemicals Hazard Guide categories the levels of risk and aligns with Work Safe Australia publications on hazardous chemicals. Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods (Vic & WA) Hazard Guide is aimed at workers in Victoria and Western Australia who are already competent and is used as a sign off to confirm competence. Working Safely with Hazardous Chemicals caters for everyone in an Australian workplace. This comprehensive course has been developed to provide the learner with an understanding of what hazardous chemicals are and how to identify them, how to maintain safety in the workplace and the controls used to manage the risks presented.
Sample relevant Hazard Guides workplace training courses
Greencap’s expert knowledge within workplace health and safety has warranted this specialist collection of Hazard Guide workplace courseware.
Other WHS Hazard Guide course topics are listed below. And the best part? Learnings from these practical courses can be applied in the workplace immediately.
Please note, Kineo’s Hazard Guide courses are aimed at workers who are already competent and is used as a sign off to confirm competence.
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