Introducing Habit 1 - Get Involved and Work Together

People, overall, hate Health and Safety - especially if they have had a bad experience with it in the past.  

We use Safety Habits to demonstrate the behaviours we want. Most people just talk about Health and Safety; the Habits focus on doing your best to make work safer.

How does focusing on this habit make work safer?

By having teams work together and getting everyone to take ownership to make work safer. It also sets up the communication and worker participation expectations for the business.

What BAD Habits are we trying to avoid?

  • Making Health and Safety one persons job
  • People seeing work that’s not safe, but walk on by
  • Leaving solving safety problems to someone else
  • Treating safety as a one-off event
  • Making getting involved really complicated
  • Telling people to harden up when they talk about safety issues

What does the GOOD habit look like?

  • Everyone using their different experiences and ideas to make work safer
  • When someone needs a hand, people get involved and help out 
  • People speaking up when they see bad safety habits
  • Safety is seen as an ongoing process not “spray and walk away”

What roles do people have to support this habit?

Leaders 

  • Clearly setting expectations of the different safety roles and responsibilities 
  • Encouraging all their team to get involved and responding positively when they do
  • Providing the time and resources needed for working together 
  • Involving workers working with the BIG risks when making decisions around how to make work safer
  • Talking with other businesses you work with so everyone is on the same page
  • Making sure their team all have access to PeopleSafe to engage on safety matters
  • Removing the barriers to people getting involved 
  • Believing that workers know a lot more than they think about the risks and how to make work safer 

Staff

  • Downloading the Mobile App to connect with PeopleSafe
  • Keeping their Contact and Emergency details up to date
  • Working together to come up with ways to make work safer

PeopleSafe Software

  • Every team member gets access to your Organisation in PeopleSafe 
  • This gives them the tools by making it easy for people to get involved and work together
  • It puts safety information within reach of all workers
  • Provides the ability to send Push Safety Alerts via Messaging 
  • Allows simple ways for workers to bring up safety stories 
  • Gives everyone ONE place to go for safety information and processes
  • Provides certainty that their voice will be heard 
  • It fulfills a workers' right to have access to Health and Safety information 
  • It provides a way to show that you are all working together
  • It makes it easy for you to show the processes you followed

How does all this tie into the law?

The Law says that you need to work together with your team so that everyone has a chance to be involved and contribute to keeping everyone healthy and safe.  

A Duty to engage with workers 

This basically means that you better be doing your best to work together with your team around all matters to do with their safety and health.
It includes: 
  • Engaging with those who carry out work for you, or who are likely to be directly affected by a matter relating to work health or safety
  • Sharing relevant information with workers in a timely manner
  • Giving workers an opportunity to express their views and contribute to decision making processes
  • Taking workers views into account before you make a decisions and telling them about the decisions you make in a timely manner

When do you need to engage workers?

  • When finding and assessing hazards 
  • When making decisions on how to eliminate or minimise the risks
  • Before changes are made that might affect their health and safety
  • When making decisions about procedures, processes, training, health monitoring and/or participation 

Duty to have worker participation practices

This means that you need to have a way of getting workers to help you make work safer on an ongoing basis. It also means things do get safer and that you don’t just have lists of hazards.
It includes:
  • Following any rules for your industry around worker participation
  • Taking into account any relevant approved codes of practice
  • Providing reasonable opportunities to be involved while considering the ability of the Organisation to involve workers
  • Total number of workers in your business
  • The number of workplaces you cover + distance between them
  • Likely risks to health and safety, and seriousness of those risks
  • The kind of work you do and how you do it
  • Your duty to act in good faith 

What needs to happen to bring this Habit to life in your Organisation?

You’ll need to get some key people organised to make sure that all your staff can use PeopleSafe.
Who will be your PeopleSafe Coordinator?  This is the Administrator for PeopleSafe in your Organisation.
Skills they need:
  • Be good at using software 
  • Know how to follow a step-by-step process to get things set up 
  • Be trustworthy as they can see and do anything in PeopleSafe
Jobs they’ll do
  • Create a User Profile for each Team Member
  • Make sure alerts are set up right and get to the right people 
  • Support others technically with using PeopleSafe

Choose your PeopleSafe Champion(s)

A PeopleSafe Champion is someone who will keep your Organisation focused on working together to make work safer.
Often this will include your managers, as they should be the PeopleSafe Champion for their direct team. 
Skills they need:
  • Be good at dealing with people 
  • Be able to complete a step-by-step process for working through the safety stories that your team share
  • Be a bit tech savvy (but the Administrator can help them)
  • Have a passion for making sure people are kept safe and keeping things practical
Jobs they’ll do
  • Help launch PeopleSafe to the Team
  • Help the team get the Mobile App onto their mobile device 
  • Support the 5 Good Safety Habits as they get rolled out, and be the Champion for the PeopleSafe Tell Your Story® Process 
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