For a kit owner builder, these workplace safety tips will keep the kit building site free of hazards, and low on risk. The term ‘Workplace Health and Safety’ is an area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment.
The goal of the building worksite is to foster a safe work environment for yourself, co-workers, family members, inspectors, suppliers and tradespeople entering the workplace environment. All of whom can injure themselves on the site. Before we get into the workplace safety tips, lets ask some questions and check the facts.
Why worry about WHS?
If I got injured I stopped work, my time plan was shot, the missus was furious, I was off-site, and took time to heal. If someone else was injured...big problem. PL insurance is good to a point and most people accept responsibility for being a klutz, but some people get nasty when it’s not their fault. The fact is, people have the right to a safe workplace, end of story.
Workplace safety facts
One of the big risks on building sites is fatigue. Fatigued workers:
• react more slowly than usual
• fail to respond to things going on around them
• respond incorrectly
• show poor logic and judgement
• are unable to concentrate
• are less motivated and more forgetful
• have a greater tendency for taking risks
And facts from around the world..
Workplace hazard assessment
Hazard analysis or hazard assessment is a process in which individual hazards of the workplace are identified, assessed and controlled or eliminated as close to the source (location of the hazard) as reasonable and possible. So on a building site there are many potential hazards:
~Mechanical hazards: equipment, tools, falls, trips, entanglement and being struck by objects
~Physical hazards: noise, electricity, heat, cold and vibration
~Biological hazards: bacteria, virus, fungi and mould
~Chemical hazards: fuel, acid, particulates, fumes and fire
Kit builder site hazards
of the hazards I encountered on my site included noise from the
generator, hammer drill, speed saw and fibro cutter, working at height
on ladders, on framing and on roofing, working all day in the sun,
getting injured by the equipment I was using, having things fall on me
and tripping over nearly everything.
The terminology used in WHS varies, but generally speaking:
A hazard is something that can be eliminated or controlled. A risk is a combination of the probability that a particular uncontrolled hazard can cause harm and the severity of the harm involved. A Risk Assessment should identify the hazards, evaluate the risk and identify and prioritize appropriate control measures.
Definition of risk management
Policies, procedures, and practices involved in identification, analysis, assessment, control, and avoidance, minimization, or elimination of unacceptable risks.
These workplace safety tips may seem obvious, but as a site foreman or woman, you are morally and legally bound to utilise them and do your best to create a site specific safety plan. Remember, frequent hazard assessments and risk assessments will make health occupational safety a standard, and Catchy Slogans will make safety a workplace culture. You can also check out my Sun Safety Tips page or an excellent page on Ladder Safety or return to kit home basics home page