Category Archives: industries

Petroleum Industry

petroleumThe Exxon Valdez and other petroleum disasters have caused the petroleum industry to become very risk adverse. A number of international oil companies have engaged third party contractors to manage the oil company’s diverse range of contractors and suppliers from around the globe. They are now demanding stringent safety management systems of all contractors and suppliers and if the contractor or supplier doesn’t measure up, they simply don’t get work.

Our extensive experience with third party contract management companies and their systems has resulted in our clients getting top grading’s. Working together with our clients to maintain the systems and the requirements of the petroleum companies, our clients are not only rarely without work projects but are starting to see their business grow. Being up at the top of the preferred list of contractors has its benefits.

If you have been dabbling on the fringes of the petroleum industry dealing with small independent service stations but have been considering doing work for the bigger petrol companies, contact us, we may be able to help you to get into this market.

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Manufacturing Industry

manuIt is an unfortunate fact that the manufacturing industry has an undesirable much higher level of injuries than the construction industry. This isn’t a surprise to many when one considers the large number of small to medium manufacturing industries (under 30 employees) out there in every industrial estate anywhere in Australia.

Often manufacturing businesses struggle to make ends meet and are competing against the lower wages and cheaper imports available through the internet. Machinery and equipment run continuously and scheduled maintenance goes out the door in an effort to meet the demands of the clients.

Competent staff and good work ethics are hard to recruit. Staff turnover is often high and workers are happy to chase the higher wages being offered by your competition or the mining industry.

Benjamin Franklin said “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” and that still holds true today. What strategies and resources (financial, time and human) do you have in place to reduce the number of or the risk of injuries at your workplace? Another wise person said “Don’t be afraid that the workers are not listening to you, be very afraid that they are watching you”.

Visual Leadership, setting standards and never accepting anything less; motivating staff in a positive way; seeking their advice and solutions to safety problems – all good strategies to improving the quality of the work, productivity and safety in the workplace.

We can assist your company with training, coaching and mentoring of all staff as well as provide tailor-made systems to help you grow your business and reputation as a company of choice to work for.

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Retail Industry

retailHaving worked within the retail industry at the top executive safety level has provided us with an excellent knowledge of what it takes to improve your investment on employees. Manual handling injuries make up over 60% of the total workers compensation claims against the retail industry. Whilst the training provided may discuss the concepts of safe manual handling, often the point is missed by the new employees as videos on the subject are often filmed in the construction or manufacturing industry and the new employee doesn’t really relate to visuals that they can’t connect to their work environment. Further we often find that once the training has finished, there is little or no coaching or correcting continual bad habits.

We have developed various training sessions for both workers and management such as knife safety and root cause analysis training. The Root Cause Analysis training was developed to assist managers discover what could be causing things to go wrong not only from a WHS point of view but the concepts and tools can be used to improve any part of the business.

From work station assessments, risk assessments, workplace Inspections, to safety management systems. Call us, you might be surprised at how we can help improve your business.

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Services Industry

servicesindThe service industry can range from Accountancy firms, Aged Care, Government bodies, Hospitality, Roof Restorers, Solar Installation firms and everything in between. In many cases managing health and safety to meet your duty of care is as simple as good housekeeping, complying with a few legislative rules and a willingness to work with the workers to resolve any safety issues.
On the other hand, some service providers need to have medium to extensive systems in place either to operate effectively or because their clients are demanding it as part of a contractual agreement.

Tapping into our extensive experience with companies from the service industry as well as having a good understanding of the hazards and risks associated with your business is only an email or phone call away.

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Corporate Business

industry4New legislation has placed a higher WHS duty on the corporate world. Understanding the new ‘due diligence’ requirements can be difficult. A recent prosecution in the ACT found an “officer’ of a corporation guilty of an offence against the new WHS legislation. Questions you should ask yourself are:

    • How do I find out about and keep up to date knowledge of health and safety matters;
    • How do I gain an understanding of the WHS hazards and risks associated with the operations of the business;
    • How do I go about ensuring that the business makes available and uses resources and processes to effectively manage health and safety;
    • How do I receive and give consideration to incidents, hazards and risks and then respond in a timely way to that information;
    • How do I go about ensuring that the business has and implements processes for complying with our WHS duty of care, and
    • How do we as a business go about verifying that these resources and processes are provided and used?

Managing health and safety requires more than wanting it to be safe, it requires you to have a vision and sharing that vision with everyone, just like any other part of the business. It also requires great leadership, which includes leading by example. Don’t forget that no matter what business you’re in, you’re in the business of humans.

If you and or your company haven’t got strategic goals, processes and resources in place to effectively manage health and safety or you are not sure where to start, start by calling us.

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industry3The amount of WHS Regulations governing how you should do business has grown significantly over the years. Whether you’re a Principle Contractor or a Sole Trader, compliance as a minimum is a must.

Principle Contractors are now more than ever requiring the preparation of Work Method Statements, Safe Work Method Statements, Job Safety Analyses, etc. to ensure that they cover their liabilities. There is no doubt that having to write or develop these documents is daunting. Often even once they are written, they are rejected because it doesn’t meet their system requirements, or they are asking for systems that don’t relate to the type of work you do. How frustrating.

Give My Safety Consultants a call; we may be able to help you sort through the jungle of paperwork and get that contract, or at least know what you must have to tender for the next one.

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Various Trades

industry2With the recent changes in WHS Legislation and in this risk adverse world, more and more, our clients are being asked by their clients to provide evidence of holding various insurances or WHS documentation such as Policies, Licences or Certificates of Competence, or a raft of other strange sounding documents (e.g. JSAs, WMSs SWMS, SOPs etc.). Writing or developing these documents is time consuming and may often be outside your field of expertise. Sure, you can down load some of these from the net or purchase generic ones from various companies, but do you really understand them and the implications. Do they accurately reflect what you do or intend to do? Often these generic ones are rejected by some bigger clients because they don’t cover what they are specifically looking for. Further there is a risk to you and your business that those documents can be used against you if something goes terribly wrong.

We can assist you in developing documentation that better reflects what you actually do, align them to the legal requirements of what you have to do and meet the requirements of your clients. Often we can also assist in submitting the documents on your behalf freeing you to do what you do best.

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Small to Medium Businesses

industry1You’ve spent so much time and effort in starting your own business. Marketing is right; Product is right; Price is competitive, and it looks like the business is growing.

But have you thought about the biggest investment – the staff?

It can be difficult to get the right staff. Whether or not we recognise it, they are the business. They are the ones our clients deal with directly and so we invest a lot of time in training them on what we expect, courtesy, honesty and integrity in dealing with our customers. It would be reasonable therefore to expect a return on that investment and the only way we can do that is to have them at the workplace working.

An injury to a worker costs a lot more than we think and while they are not at work we are not only losing money on the original investment but often lose more when we hire replacements or have to pay penalty rates for those other workers who work overtime to take up the slack.

If we weren’t seeing a return on our advertising investment, we would stop spending it would we not? If we are having injuries to our staff, we should be trying to prevent the injuries. And, as you know, telling staff to be more careful in future only works until the next time.

We can help you develop some simple and practical strategies tailored to suit your unique business that can help reduce the chances of injury so you can realise the return on your investment.

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