Important! Before beginning this step you should have completed:
This step will help you give your workers the right kinds of skills and knowledge so that they work in a safer and healthier way.
Knowing what is going on around you
Workers need to know at all times what is going on around them when they are working on site. This is known as 'situational awareness'. Improving situational awareness is crucial for reducing the likelihood of mistakes that can lead to accidents or ill health.
Having gained worker buy-in to improve health and safety, you now need to make sure workers have the right kind of training, coaching and briefing to provide the skills and knowledge to work more safely.
Success will depend on having already created the right kind of work environment. It is not enough to tell your workers to behave more safely; they need to understand how to do this.
Workers need good communication skills for your site to be a more friendly, open and safer working environment.
For an individual, having awareness and understanding of what is going on around them is crucial to prevent accidents, incidents, and ill health caused by genuine mistakes.
Before moving on to the next section you should at the very least:
- have identified the types of skills and knowledge (competencies) that will encourage workers to help you to make health and safety improvements
- have helped your workers to understand how to behave more safely by planning how changes should be made and keeping workers involved throughout the whole process
- trained your workers in communication and situational awareness skills to help them to work more safely
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