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Toolbox Talk - HSWA

Max People Health & Safety Bulletin

Health and Safety at Work Act

A well-functioning health and safety system relies on participation, leadership, and accountability by government, business and workers. HSWA sets out the principles, duties and rights in relation to workplace health and safety.  A guiding principle of HSWA is that workers and others need to be given the highest level of protection from workplace health and safety risks, as is reasonable. We can't do this alone. Everyone needs to work together on health and safety. 

Discussion Points: 

  • Take reasonable care of your own health and safety and ensure that your actions don’t cause harm to you or others 
  • Comply with any reasonable instructions, policies or procedures on how to work in a safe and healthy way 
  • Speak up – your voice can make the difference. You play an important part in your workplace health and safety
  • If you have a suggestion or concern but aren’t comfortable raising it yourself, you can ask a workmate to raise an issue for you 
  • Ensure you have been inducted on to site and have signed the induction form 
  • Make sure that you have assessed the risks of the task you are doing and signed onto a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) 
  • Report any Near Misses/Hazards onsite to help prevent any incidents from occurring 
  • Communicate with other people on site so that everybody is aware of the possible dangers associated with the works 
  • Ensure that you are wearing the correct PPE for the task at hand and know how to use it 

Remember: Under the HSWA everybody can be held responsible and accountable for Health and Safety onsite and can be prosecuted for disregarding safe work practices. 

Remember team! Safety is just how we do things around here.
 
Any suggestions or improvements to Health & Safety can be emailed to our Health & Safety Officer or have a chat with him next time he's on site.