Safe Work Procedures are risk management tools used by businesses to guide employees on the best and safest way to undertake a required task. It’s a written procedure to show an employee how to do something safely (eg Use of Hazardous Chemicals).
Part of a Safe Work Procedure is to bring the employees attention to the risks associated with undertaking a particular task and guide them on how to avoid injury whilst completing that task.
When writing a Safe Work Procedure you need to break down each step in the required task. Prior to commencing each task the employee should do a risk assessment, identify hazards and work out ways to either eliminate the hazards or successfully reduce the risk so that the task can be completed safely. This sounds
complicated, but it is something most people do each time they undertake a task. For instance, getting a heavy load off the back of a ute. You look at the load, assess whether you will you get it off yourself, what the risks are if you do get it off yourself, and then you work out the safest way to unload the ute, whether that is getting someone else to help you, or better still using mechanical means. This is something that would only take you a seconds to assess.
Safe Work Procedures should be written in language that is easily understandable by all employees (who may have varying levels of education) and should be accessible by all relevant employees. We suggest you provide your employees with a copy of all relevant Safe Work Procedures in their employment handbook. Training on Safe Work Procedures should also be included in an employee’s induction and a record kept of what training was given.
Under Work, Health & Safety legislation you are required to keep copies of all Safe Work Procedures, and if a reportable incident occurs to which a Safe Work Procedure relates, you must keep a copy of this Safe Work Procedure for at least 2 years.
As with your business policies and procedures, Safe Work Procedures should be reviewed every 12 months and modified as required.
So, do you have Safe Work Procedures for the tasks your employees are required to undertake in their day to day duties? Have you introduced new tasks and haven’t got as far as writing new Safe Work Procedures for them?
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Our Safe Harvesting and Safe Grower systems include Safe Work Procedures. We will customise your manual to include all the Safe Work Procedures you need for your business. If we don’t already have a specific Safe Work Procedure you require, we will develop one for you. It’s that simple!
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