December Newsletter

Where has 2012 gone?

What a year. Hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well and busy. The year of 2012 has seen a lot of “change management” in the world of WHS. The harmonization of the Act and Regulations made it a year of “shift” in the landscape when we talk about safety management and looking at hazards and risks. Unfortunately it has also been a year when we have again seen serious injuries and even fatalities in the workplace. With the “silly season” well and truly upon us it is now time to reflect on the “seasonal hazards” that revisit us each year. I know you all look forward to me reminding you of these concerns, so I did not want to disappoint you and again have listed the “TOP 5” in the Christmas WHS list.

Top 5 “silly season” hazards.

  • The work Christmas Party. Remember someone needs to be accountable for taking control of the event. Harassment and bullying is a sure outcome from the Christmas break up in a number of businesses.
  • The passive risk of “depression” during a time of increased stress. This can be a mixture of work and home life. Maybe some of the workers spend Christmas alone? Maybe some do not have enough resources to get them through the “needs” of the Christmas Season. Ask the question….”are you OK?”
  • Fatigue. The week before the Christmas break and then the first week back at work are the 2 most injury risk times in the year. This is due to “fatigue” of trying to get work completed and then being in a festive state of mind as well!!!!….look for the signs in your team.
  • Driving becomes a concern at this time of the year. The workers are on leave, and trying to reach family and friends for the festive season. Maybe a “we care about you” talk prior to the break up would make a difference. Let them know they are an important part of the work team, and they are needed back at work.
  • Alcohol and drugs. This hazard is present in the modern workforce at all times of the year, but more so in the “silly season”. Especially when there are more social events to attend and the risk of driving from one to the other can be a fatal hazard. Have a look at the workers you have in the business and again let them know they are important to your team.

I hope these points assist in helping you all get through the Christmas Festivities, and survive them to welcome in another challenging year…..2013.

Merry Christmas to you all, and thank you for another “memorable” year.

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