RECOVERY PARTNERS: THE SAFETY EXPERTS
Understand how to mitigate workplace risk
Recovery Partners have assisted thousands of clients around Australia with one-off pieces of advice to full programs tailored to organisations to improve safety and culture.
Our consultants have vast experience in delivering safety services that engage workers in a plain English approach. We don’t believe in complex paper driven safety or having meetings for the sake of having a meeting. We look for commercially and operationally realistic processes that will be easily adopted by your workers.
We have experience with most types of industries and services and it’s just not practical to list them all here – please contact us to enquire about your needs if you don’t see it here. We’d love to help.
Chemical and Hazardous Substances Management
Our most popular services include:
- Risk Assessments and developing Safe Work
- Creating Hazardous
- Substances Registers
- Advising on storage and compatibility requirements
- Reviewing PPE requirements
- Developing emergency plans for chemical emergencies
- Developing and delivering site specific chemical trainings
Fatigue needs to be recognised and properly managed in all workplaces, especially high-risk work environments, so to avoid the risk of accidents and injuries. Recovery Partners are experienced in developing customised strategies and ways to manage fatigue and consider the following relevant issues at your workplace:
- Relevant codes, regulations, permit and licence requirements related to fatigue management
- Relevant WHS regulations as they relate to fatigue
- Workplace policies and procedures related to fatigue management and the control of factors that can contribute to fatigue and fatigue-related accidents
- How fatigue affects workplace performance and contributes to workplace accidents
- Recognising causes and effects of fatigue
- Factors which increase fatigue-related accidents
Manual Handling Programs
We provide a manual handling program called SafeMoves.
As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what might cause harm to people and decide whether you are taking reasonable steps to prevent that harm. This is known as risk assessment and it is something you are required by law to carry out.
A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork , but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have covered all you need to.
- Conduct the risk assessment on site
- Provide a comprehensive report
- Recommend appropriate and where applicable legally required control actions
- Photographs where applicable
Safe Systems of Work (SWP and SWMS)
A safe system of work is legally required for all tasks performed at any workplace in Australia. Where higher risk exists it is appropriate to document how the task is to be performed safely. Most businesses will simply require a Safe Work Procedure (SWP) which we develop in consultation with your workers and management.
The benefits of this are:
- The SWP can be written using language and terminology that your business uses
- Organisations can show they have trained workers in performing the high risk task
- Provides a solid basis for induction. Employees understand and are able to demonstrate how to do the job safely before commencing
- Demonstrates control as per the Hierarchy of Control
- Assists in meeting legal requirements (risk management)
- We keep SWP as simple as possible
Construction has more strict laws governing safe systems of work and in certain instances the Regulations mandate the document developed be a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS). A SWMS is a SWP with more prescriptive inclusions.
- Legally required in High Risk Construction Work (HRCW)
Working from Home
When your employee works from home, their home becomes ‘a place of work’ and you must ensure their health and safety and that of others. The same risks that are present in the usual place of work, can be present in someone’s home. The obligations for safety are no less than if they were working on the company premises.
We strongly recommend a written Working from Home Agreement be made to assist you meet IR law as well as WHS law.
A Working from Home Risk Assessment will help you:
- Identify risks – both physical and psychological
- Work out a plan to eliminate or control them
- Suggest guidelines for a successful working from home arrangement.
We can advise on and develop the Working from Home Agreement if required.
Carrying out regular workplace inspections is a proactive way of identifying common workplace hazards and initiating action to prevent injuries and work related illness.
Our experienced consultants can show your business how to use a workplace inspection as a highly effective hazard identification and control monitoring tool. We can also demonstrate how to include hazards that cannot be seen e.g. gaps in training, non-adherence to SWMS etc.
When carrying out a workplace inspection we consider:
- The environment, equipment, and the process of work.
- Listening to the concerns of workers and their representatives
- Analysing workplace hazards and incident reporting data
- Identifying existing and potential hazards and determining their underlying cause
- Reviewing the effectiveness of any previously implemented hazard controls.
We present the hazards found in a report, each risk assessed with photos, recommended controls and an action plan for corrections.
Do you manage contractors as robustly as your workers?
By far – the worst managed risk we see in most organisations is Contractor Management. This is a combination of not understanding legal safety obligations by both the organisation engaging the contractor and the contractors themselves.
A contractor by definition in Safety Acts is a worker. Do you place the same efforts and processes in place to induct your contractors as robustly as your staff? You need to.
There is a mis-understanding that contractors are only construction based. Contractors are anyone or any organisation supplying services, goods, materials and substances or installing plant and equipment. Very few businesses would NOT have contractors of some sort.
Let us show you how to:
- Develop Contractor Management procedures and tools
- Scrutinise contractors prior to engaging them
- Induct contractors
- Monitor contractors activities
- Create an Approved Contractor Management Register
- Understand how to manage contractors using the same risk management principles as any other risk.
We also have an online solution to contractor management. Ask us how!