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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.

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  • In terms of staff health and safety, what is working well within your department?

  • What would improve staff health and safety in your department?

  • Do you believe you have had adequate training to perform your role?

WHS Awareness

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

  • Where is WHS information located in your department? [view their WHS noticeboard]

  • Do you actively participate in discussion around Riskman events, causes of staff injuries, near misses, needlestick / sharp exposure and hazards, at your staff meetings?

  • 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)

  • What is the procedure for reporting a workplace injury and when should reporting the injury occur? (report to Manager immediately, enter incident on RiskMan, contact Injury Management Consultant ASAP)

  • Are you aware of how do you access Material Safety Data Sheets for chemicals or drugs within your department?

  • Who is the fire warden responsible for this department?

  • What is the biggest risk to your health and safety in your department?

The templates available in our Public Library have been created by our customers and employees to help get you started using SafetyCulture's solutions. The templates are intended to be used as hypothetical examples only and should not be used as a substitute for professional advice. You should seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of a template is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction. You should independently determine whether the template is suitable for your circumstances.