Developing a culture of safety is the best way to keep the workplace safe at all times.
While some workplaces have a real safety culture, others do not; the starting point to changing or improving the work culture is education.
At the commencement of Australian Forklift Training’s refresher training courses for licenced forklift operators, trainers explain a whole list of responsibilities to the trainees. It has been observed that trainees are much more attentive to the lessons on forklift safety when they are aware of their own personal responsibilities.
Company directors, managers and business owners should therefore impart these lessons to their forklift operators prior to implementing work health & safety (WHS) changes.
Key responsibilities for the company management include ensuring a safe work environment; safe systems of work; safe and well-maintained machinery; and proper information, training and supervision.
Employees also have responsibilities to ensure a safe workplace, including working with management and co-workers to improve safety; complying with reasonable instructions, training and information given, and following safe work procedures in their work; not putting themselves or their co-workers at risk; reporting incidents, near misses and hazards (including unsafe equipment) to their supervisor and health and safety representative; and using protection equipment (PPE) correctly.