• Following on from the success of the WA Health & Safety Awareness week in 2018, we have recently held a similar H&S Awareness week this month, which took place from 17- 21 June. We hope that everyone had a great week and that it was just as informative and as much fun as last year.
• During 2018, Welding Alloys Group carried out a number of plant H&S Audits, which resulted in positive responses. Plants implemented the various recommendations that were identified, and put in place timed action plans to ensure they were all cleared in a timely manner.
Improving H&S does not always need to be a costly task; many things have no cost associated with them at all, for example: making sure emergency exits are kept clear, housekeeping is of a good standard and that people follow the safe systems of work when carrying out their day-to-day activities.
At Welding Alloys, we are always looking to improve safety in the workplace. In 2019, we aim to do this by focusing on improving our ‘Near Miss Reporting’.
What is a near miss?
OSHA defines a near miss as an incident in which no property was damaged and no personal injury was sustained, but where, given a slight shift in time or position, damage or injury easily could have occurred. Near misses also may be referred to as close calls, near accidents, accident precursors, injury- free events and, in the case of moving objects, near collisions.
Identifying and investigating near misses is a key element to finding and controlling risks before workers are injured. The information gathered through near miss reporting is evaluated to determine root causes and hazard mitigation strategies. “Lessons learned” are shared in a general way so all employees can benefit from the findings and your near miss does not turn into someone else’s injury! Near miss reporting is vitally important in preventing serious incidents. Everyone is encouraged to report near misses and anything they see that is unsafe.
Welding Alloys works hard to promote a positive safety culture and working towards our goal of ZERO accidents. With everyone’s help, we at Welding Alloys will achieve this.
Go well, go safe and return to your family at the end of your working day!
Gordon Space, WA Group Health & Safety manager