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Safety Observation

  • A safety observation is simply an interaction with a staff member, or a small group of staff, about safety. It is an opportunity to recognise and reinforce the good things our people are doing and to talk about opportunities for improvement. Before you enter an area to conduct the observation, please check with the manager to ensure it is OK for you to do so.
    Please provide feedback to the manager after the observation has been conducted.

    As you enter an area to carry out the observation, look around and ask yourself two questions:

    • What do I see that pleases me?
    • What do I see that concerns me?

    A safety discussion should always be positive. Remember you are having these conversations because you care about the people who work here. This will help people feel comfortable with you and increase the likelihood they will tell you about what really happens in their workplace.

  • Conducted on

  • Prepared by

  • Location
  • Personnel involved


  • Staff to recognise what is working well within the department in terms of health and safety? (Also source staff to be recognised from manager prior to observation)

  • Suggested Improvements (Are there any areas where we/WHS and IM could improve? Do you have any ideas/suggestions?)

  • Follow up required: Comments/ Date Completed

WHS Awareness

  • Who is the WHS Committee representative for your work group? (If unknown, hand out copy of WHS Committee framework)

  • How are you consulted about WHS issues in your department? (meetings/ posters on noticeboards/ Executive Bulletins)

  • What is the procedure for reporting defective equipment? (attach Out of Order tag, remove from use, notify Manager, log with Asset Management Unit or Biomed, document in Hazard Register)

  • What is the procedure for reporting a workplace injury? (report to Manager immediately, enter incident on RiskMan, contact Return to Work Coordinator ASAP)

  • how do you access material safety data sheets for chemicals or drugs within your department

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