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Safety Tips for Returning to Work After Summer

Back At Work

The summer break may almost be over, or over for some, but here are some important things that you need to consider when your employees are returning to work!

The break over the holidays is a nice way for everyone to recharge and refresh before coming back to work to start the new year. It’s also the perfect time to ensure that your team or employees are up to date with your WHS policies and procedures. While everyone is refreshed after a break, the first day is usually slow, so why not use that to get everyone refreshed and ready to work safely?
In the following article, we’re going to look at some of the ways that you can ensure that your team gets their year off to a safe start! 

Getting Back into the Swing of Things in the New Year

The following are some of the things you can do on the first day back after the holidays so that your team is the right mindset and has their priorities

1. Toolbox Meeting – A toolbox meeting is a great way to welcome everyone back and cover your Site-Specific Safety Plan (SSSP), emergency plan, WHS policies and procedures, and to ensure that everyone has the correct work equipment and PPE.

2. Worksite Reviews – Conduct a thorough walkthrough of the workplace to ensure that everything is where it’s supposed to be, lighting is working, there are no burst pipes, spills, and nothing is missing. Also, check that locked areas are still locked.

3. Check Outdoor Areas – If you work in outdoor environments, ensure that the weather hasn’t adversely affected any structures, safety fences, footings, or excavation sites.

4. Prestart Checks – Run thorough prestart checks on all equipment. It’s also a good time to ensure that all power tools are tagged, tested, and in date. 

Conclusion

Don't forget about the heat when you’re evaluating hazards in your workplace. 

If you’re getting ready to start work again or just looking to ensure that your team is safe this summer and need some assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us directly.



 

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