What is workplace health and safety?

Safety At Work

Work Health and safety describes policies and procedures put into place to ensure the safety and health of employees within a workplace. It Involves hazard identification and control according to government standards and ongoing safety training and education for employees.

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Safety in your workplace
It’s important to know where you stand when it comes to your safety rights on the job. Whatever your type of employment – full time, part time, casual – your employer needs to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy for everyone, and you need to make sure you speak up if you feel unsafe.

Safety in your workplace
It’s important to know where you stand when it comes to your safety rights on the job. Whatever your type of employment – full time, part time, casual – your employer needs to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy for everyone, and you need to make sure you speak up if you feel unsafe.

Your safety rights at work
Remember that wherever you work and whatever type of work you do, you have the right:

To be shown how to work safely
When you first start a job you’re entitled to a workplace induction. This means you should have safety procedures explained to you, be shown the layout of the workplace and be introduced to your health and safety representative (HSR), workmates and supervisor. Your supervisor should be available to provide advice during your day to day work and should closely monitor the way you do things until you can work safely.

To make sure you can work safely, you also have the right to on the job training and to be shown how to use the tools and equipment needed for your job.

To be given the safety gear you need ( PPE )

From goggles to gloves, safety boots to hardhats, your boss needs to provide you with the gear to do your job safely. They need to make sure it’s in good condition and that you know how to wear it properly.

To speak up
If you’re not sure how to do something safely, ask for help or training before you attempt it.

It’s important to tell your supervisor or HSR if you think there may be a safety issue in your workplace. Slippery floors, faulty equipment, lack of protective gear, or bullying are some examples of health and safety issues.

To say no to unsafe work
If you think something could be dangerous and you continue to work without speaking up, the consequences could be long term.If you’re asked to do something you think may be unsafe, stop what you’re doing and ask for help. You have the right to refuse unsafe work.

Video review: Manual Handling

There is something I always make sure I teach my new workers, the importance of correct manual handling. Today I’m going to be sharing a video that was done by Safetycare on Youtube, you can check them out! They have a nice amount of safety videos on their profile that you can check out, and you can never learn too much about safety! I’ll link the video here and we can have a quick look at it afterwards.


Desk Safety and Ergonomics

We have currently been going through and talking about a lot of safety in our blog posts (safety blog posting about safety who would have thought), most of our focus has been based more on industry safety, electrical safety and this is very important but it has mainly been things that are based in a more hands-on workplace. We could have some managers reading the blogs or office workers, people who work primarily on computers. There is actually a lot of hazards in an office environment and although some people will likely scoff at this statement and even though a lot of the incidents would not be as serious in another workplace, obviously you are probably not going to get horrifically injured or killed in an office, however, it that does not mean you shouldn’t take precautions to make sure you stay healthy. You should never get injured at work, in any scenario. Especially if it is easily avoidable.


If you have ever worked in an office you understand that a vast majority of your day is spent sitting at your computer, this presents many problems and can cause several health issues. Some of the issues that can arise are easily fixed by improving the way in which you work at your desk. Ergonomic equipment is a must. This includes an appropriate chair, desk and even keyboard/mouse. Let’s start with the chair. There are some really simple steps you can take with any computer chair you are sitting in to greatly increase your comfort/health.

    1. Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair.
    2. Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips.
    3. Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle.
    4. Adjust the armrests (if fitted) so that your shoulders are relaxed.

These are some simple steps in regards to your chair that you can carry out. A lot of what is safety around a computer desk is based upon comfort, however, comfort is not always the most important thing. You want to remain seated with good posture like above, don’t let comfort get in the way of your health, sitting properly is a simple thing to do and it can help immensely.

In regards to your desk, a new thing that has been around for a little while now is desks that are height adjustable. This is a great thing to have if you can afford it for your workplace, or can justify the need for it to your bosses. A desk that adjusts to a height that enables you to stand up and work is a god send. It may sound weird but it is great. You obviously do not spend your entire day standing up at your desk (unless you’re that way inclined) but it is great to alternate between sitting and standing. It gets you to move around a bit and it helps stretch you out and you can continue doing your work.

Keyboards and mice can also be used incorrectly, make sure you have your keyboard positioned away from the front edge of your desk, the majority of the forearm is supposed to be on the desk with the fingers sitting comfortably on the middle row of keys. If sitting at a scalloped desk, the keyboard and mouse can be closer to the edge of the desk as the forearms can be supported by the desk shaping around the body.

This has just been a few simple tips that can greatly increase your comfort levels at work but also your safety, you don’t want to be twinging your back or neck while sitting at a desk now do you?