This presentation is designed to assist team leaders, supervisors and trainers explain and reinforce to supported employees within the organisation why working safely is important and how the organisation and they can ensure they work safely. The accompanying Trainers Guide contains tips on different ways to use this presentation to maximise relevance and impact for participants. As a trainer your aim should be to ensure examples, pictures and graphics are relevant to the participants’ workplace and work activities. While the presentation is designed for use with employees with an intellectual disability, it can be used with any supported employees in a business service.
In developing the resource we have attempted to ensure that the OH&S core competencies covered in most wage assessment tools including the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool have been addressed. The questions that people with a disability must answer in relation to OH&S include: identifying and using protective clothing or equipment appropriately carrying out basic safety checks on equipment prior to operation setting up and organising the work station in accordance with OH&S standards following safety instructions performing manual handling tasks to recommended safety practice disposing of waste safety in accordance with the requirements of the workplace and OH&S standards knowing what to do if they or someone else hurts themselves at work knowing the importance of using/wearing protective clothing or equipment knowing what a hazard is taking appropriate action when they notice something is unsafe at work taking appropriate action if the fire alarm goes off knowing why it is important to follow evacuation procedures using appropriate methods to move objects in the workplace.
An activity could be to select a couple of relevant safety rules and discuss why they are rules. For example, ‘what might happen if people in the kitchen didn’t wash their hands regularly?’ Or ‘what might happen if we didn’t have designated walkways?’ Reiterate the message on the slide about people not getting hurt. Using examples is always useful in training activities however it is important to make the example as relevant as possible to the experience of the participants. If there have been recent incidents of people being hurt because they have not followed the safety rules, they will be pparticularly useful.
Ask participants for some examples of the safety rules in their work area Note: You need to click the mouse to bring each example up on the slide. Typical examples of safety rules could be: staying on designated walkways observing the hygiene signs wearing protective clothing If necessary, explain the term PPE and provide examples– this is also covered in a later slide
Prior to the session: insert a picture of the team leader on the slide if you use another term (like supervisor or job coach) or reports of injuries need to be made to someone else, change the text on the slide Show participants a copy of the workplace injury notification form. Discuss filling out workplace forms, why this needs to be done and who can help.
An important training tip to remember is the more relevant the examples are, the more meaningful training is to the participants. There is also more chance of the material being remembered.
Explain that safety takes priority over everything else. Ask the participants for examples of where work is being done safely. In some workplaces a graph with injury free days can be an ongoing reminder about safety in the workplace. It may even be possible to set a goal of injury free days and reward workers when this is achieved.
At the beginning of this session take a few minutes to reflect on the areas covered in the previous session. Remind participants about safety rules and why working safely is important.
Prior to the session make a list of hazards relevant to the work of the people who will be in the group. Before displaying the answer to the main question, discuss with participants what they think a hazard is. Ask them to give examples of some hazards in their workplace.
When displaying this slide and the seven which follow, ask one or two participants to name a hazard of the particular type. When identifying hazards remember to consider Equipment (eg box cutters) Product (eg paper) Furniture and fittings (eg broken glass, a sharp edge on a metal shelf)
Identify the hazards that can trip people in your workplace (eg air hoses, power cables, loose carpet etc).
Identify the hazards that can cause burns in your workplace (eg electric heaters, oxy acetylene cutting equipment, hot water etc).
Identify the hazards that can crush people in the workplace (eg forklifts, pallet jacks, large sliding doors etc).
Identify the loud noises that can damage hearing in the workplace, (eg grinders, air tools, lawn mowers, hammering etc).
Identify the hazards that can damage their eyes in the workplace (eg grinding sparks, welding flash, compressed air, chemical sprays, flying objects etc).
Identify the hazards that can make you sick in your workplace (eg chemicals, gas).
Identify the hazards that can cause pain in your workplace (eg repetition of tasks without a break, incorrect posture).
Prior to the session, check that the items of PPE included in this and the next four slides are relevant to the participants in your group. Insert further slides if needed or change the PPE shown. As each item of PPE appears ask participants: to identify what it is what it protects them from when they are expected to wear it For example goggles are to protect workers’ eyes from hazards including sparks from a machine. They need to be worn when the worker is using an angle grinder.
At the beginning of this session take a few minutes to reflect on the areas covered in the previous sessions. Remind participants about safety rules and why working safely is important.