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There's so much happening in the world of health & safety. Changes in legislation and requirements, changes in best practice, changes in ... you name it. Here's my take on making it simple. Simply Genius WHS - stop guessing... manage with confidence.

Why an outsider can see the trees, not the forest in construction safety

Maralyn Kastel - Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One common practice that is often used is to change things up a bit and keep it interesting by calling in an extra set of eyes, or an outsider's view, if you will. Let me explain further with an example of what one major construction company has adopted to encourage recognition and awareness of construction safety practices that often need to be identified and addressed, while taking some of the ho-hum out of routine risk assessments.

This particular large company conducts weekly safety inspections and every third week they require every department of the company to send a representative to participate in that week's risk assessment and inspection. This includes the engineers, consultants and office workers.

Why would a company want to have an worker from the accounting department or human resources participating in a safety review?  Simply because they will have a different outlook and a different perspective of how things should look.

An office worker can walk through a construction site and will often identify a situation that may be a safety concern.  These are usually the things that construction workers and management work with, and next to, every day without recognising that this could cause a concern. Does this make sense?  This sort of falls into the category of "you can't see the forest because the trees are in the way”.

Now if you're not a large company and don't have "departments" then why not give us a call. We can be your "outside eyes". 

Our main point here is that when it comes to the topic of safety in construction it is of important to keep it fresh, keep it interesting and engage with all workers

There are still many Codes of Practice to be updated and you are probably aware of the existing revised draft for Construction Work which is currently being analysed by Safe Work Australia.

We have many resources that available that can assist you, so check out our Simply Genius™ WHSMS for a full workplace health and safety and our Products page which has a range of tools and for something different there are our Toolbox Talks.  These resources will provide a foundation for you to effectively management your workplace health and safety.

You can be certain to keep the subject fresh, using the latest information and resources to help keep construction safety a priority for your business. It is easy to learn more, or talk more about this, or anything else, when you simply contact us

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