• Having an accident Investigation scale dependent on the event
    On a previous role the trend analysis showed up a similar low level trend which led to talking with the people at the coalface about why it was occurring. We ended up swapping out tools which stopped the events from occurring again.

    After the solution came from the coal face it was sent up the ladder and then back down to the toolbox talk to confirm the solution has been instigated which allowed the people at the coalface to see the positive effect they were having on the system.

    Perhaps the order of who is discussing solutions should start with the people who it is firstly affecting.
  • Training ideas | templates | etc.
    Chocolate as unexpected rewards is always a winner to grab audience attention. That Pavlov fulla was really onto something!

    Be unexpected - when I explain the heirarchy of controls (words that I never actually use) and it comes to PPE, I use a drawing I found on the internet of a stick figure parachuting off a cliff (parachute is still in the back pack so it actually looks like a pregnant person falling backwards off a cliff). Until it is explained no one guesses what it is but it makes a great story to explain the pitfalls of PPE and why it is last option.

    Use powerpoint to emphasise what you say rather than load all the words onto powerpoint and create death by powerpoint. DbPpt also includes using fancy transitions, long transitions, a gazillion pages, lots of bullet points etc. Powerpoint is just something to occupy eyes while you occupy ears and brains.

    Have fun!
  • Quote of the year?
    Love this!

    I have come to the conclusion that many people don't know about change management (organisational rather than project). But it is powerful stuff in the H&S field and I have found it a very successful way to get people on board.

    Our jobs should be to get people to think and communicate... and then health and safety will be an outcome from there if we get the other management ducks lined up in a row as well.
  • PCBU?
    Hi Chris.
    Not sure if this helps, but I work for a national church and went through the same line of questioning. Here is how we solved it.

    The church agreed to do its utmost to care for its people. We use the HSWA to help us do this. Therefore we bypass who is/isn't a PCBU and WorkSafe will have to sort it out if something goes wrong. And of course if we do things right, then things won't go wrong.

    It leans into moral obligations rather than legal obligations but achieves exactly the same thing. And it saved me from having to educate people about PCBUs - in fact I don't even use that term! I don't have to differentiate between volunteer or employee very often either.

    Removing the question of "must we do it this way or not?" and using "is this the right thing to do?" makes life a lot easier.
  • Who influenced you?
    some old painter - got grumpy when I yelled at him after I put out his drop sheet fire from his cigarette butt 1988
    Geoff - forearm broken in 3 places after getting wrapped in a 'stuck' security grill gate 1991
    Warren - mesothelioma, 2000
    Frank - caught in crane guide ropes, 2004
    Alan - mesothelioma, 2019

    not all of us were lucky enough to have mentors.
  • Bright ideas to engage our... older gentlemen workers in H&S
    I love the pockets of resistance, they have practical points of views about situations... once you can get them talking. I will generalise and say that these groups are problem solvers and don't like being told what to do. So present a problem and get them to solve it.

    I recommend a consensus approach. Consensus is not 100% agreement, it is a right to have your say and be heard, but the majority still rules. They might not be able to vote on what the end goal is, but they get to choose a path to get there.

    I ran a workshop with a lot of older gentlemen, I targetted one that walked in with that glint in his eye (aka the troublemaker). After introductions, I then specifically invited him to play a particular role in the upcoming discussions of being grumpy and cantankerous even though it was likely to be contrary to his calm and kind demeanour. How could he refuse!

    This achieved two things:
    1. a bit of laughter to start the meeting,
    2. and it gave me the right to check in with him on sticky issues to get the 'other' point of view.

    We had a great open and honest discussion because it wasn't expected that everyone was going to play nicely. People had a right to be grumpy but to exercise that right they had to speak up which lets you explore where the obstacles are to achieving the desired outcome.

    From there, lead the group discussion to where you want it "I hear what you say about obstacle xyz, so given obstacle xyz how would you achieve goal abc?"

    "I've been in the industry 30 years... (and so on)" You: "That's awesome! Then how would you achieve goal abc, particularly with less experienced people involved?"
  • Using Social Media Platforms for Engagement
    That sounds like a great idea however the login issue is a bit of a drag. Any perceived obstacle will hinder participation.

    For example if I open up all the interesting looking chats from the Safeguard Forum update email that comes out, I have to log into every page to make a comment on the chat - therefore I read but tend not to comment.
  • Using Social Media Platforms for Engagement

    We used Teams during lockdown which was a good way to keep in touch but I would call it scrubby. Either that or the way that we used it was scrubby. Which possibly points to the issue being the time involved to set it up nicely.

    My main user problem was lack of organisation to the posts so the responses to posts can end up all over the place which made it very difficult to track conversations. So there were no involved conversations held on Teams.

    It was cheerful though!

    I wouldn't use it as a primary tool without a good effort to set it up effectively.
  • Using Social Media Platforms for Engagement
    I am just about to launch into this space also. My thoughts are to use multiple media types to maximise audience access, and have the media types back each other up.
    It all sounds a bit round-a-bout but so is the makeup/demographics of my audience.
    It also involves more people than the ones inside my head, and seeks to maximise the tools at our disposal since I am seeking out our tools and communications experts (my role is to supervise the material going out and not be the expert on all of the tools).
    I find that this approach brings people onto the team that otherwise might not have joined, and it opens my mind up to things that I hadn't thought of.

    Amy's approach is extremely similar and it sounds like her team have fun with it also.

    Fun is important.
  • Can workers refuse to declare health changes?
    I am blown away by all the great advice provided on this question. Thank you everyone!
  • When is noise not a hazard?
    Hi Tony

    My initial thought is that the 85dB levels are all about protecting hearing. However, if you are working below that threshold but find it a relief when you leave the noise zone then the noise is a hazard to stress levels and may need to be treated from that perspective also. (which is way more subjective than dB readings!)

    However to answer your question directly: The fact that you raise it for discussion means that it is a hazard!

    So yes, include it in your risk register. It may end up ranking quite low compared to other risks, as Stuart K-K says it depends on where the lion is, but putting it on the register allows visibility to other people that it has been considered, it has been rated and that it is on the register to be reviewed whenever your review dates are.
  • National to promise 'common-sense' legal test for workplace safety rules


    Give him a one inch heart attack (when you walk off the end of overlapping planks and the next plank is not where your foot expects it)
  • Coronavirus
    We're doing the same as Alex.
    Basic hygiene practices, business continuity and conversations.

    Am also using the MoH influenza pandemic "be prepared" pamphlet for people to prepare their own houses in case they have to quarantine at home.
  • Elf on the Shelf
    Bwahahaha! Brilliant!
  • Frivolous Friday
    There is a whole lot of serious in the world.
    Capture (134K)
  • Getting rid of pallets
    Have you tried a Mens Shed?
  • Risk Assessment Matrix
    I think the one thing the risk assessment matrix does well are the traffic light colours.

    Generalised examples: If your initial risk is red and the controls change the residual risk to orange then the controls are working, with room for improvement. If the initial risk is red and the residual risk is red then the controls need more work or consideration, and it is possibly urgent.

    Using the traffic light colours is a great tool for people that are less experienced in the risk assessment process but are the ones you need to talk to because the are experienced in the task!
  • Seeking feedback on safety differently guideline for SME's
    Congrats on the Grad Dip Tania! I would be willing and able to review this work.
    I approach H&S from an organisational change management perspective (not always successfully but more successful than a traditional approach).
  • Prosecutions against landlords or property managers
    WorkSafe would only follow up on work place incidents, so could only prosecute a landlord or property manager for unsafe work practices for anyone working on the property. As such WorkSafe prosecutions won't be categorised for "landlord" or "property manager" and would likely be a building work breach of some sort so it will be a large research task to find your targets!

    Why do you ask?