Aussie Summer Safety series: returning to work

Aussie Summer Safety series: returning to work

In 2020, almost 40% of our lost time injuries for the year occurred in January and February alone. This is typically a high-risk time of year for us, so we need to make sure we are all well-rested, focused and ready to work safely.

After taking a break from work, whether it’s for a few days or weeks, we must consider what could have changed in the workplace while we were away and switch back on to safety.

You can do this by:

  • Paying attention to any notices or alerts that were issued in your absence
  • Listening at your prestart and toolbox meetings for any important information
  • Revisiting your risk assessments to refresh your memory on safe work methods
  • Participating in any refresher inductions or training that is required
  • Looking at your work area with fresh eyes – look for hazards and report any unsafe conditions
  • Using the ‘Take 2: Stop-Think-Go’ process to get back into a safe mindset
  • Communicating with others – if you are not sure about something, ask
  • Watching out for each other and intervening if you see someone at risk.
  • Following the GFG Life Savers for our critical risks.

Here’s our Returning to Work poster to print and display at your site.

If you missed them, you can check out some of our other Summer Safety messages here: New & Casual Workers | Heat & Hydration

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