Gary’s Safety Tips
G’day everyone, it’s great to be here today to talk about something that’s really important in any workplace: auditing and monitoring the performance of the SWMS to ensure compliance.
Now, I know that for some of you, this might not be the most exciting topic in the world. But let me tell you, if you’re not paying attention to this stuff, you could be putting your team at serious risk. And that’s not something any of us want.
So, what is SWMS? Well, for those of you who don’t know, SWMS stands for Safe Work Method Statement. It’s a document that outlines the steps that need to be taken to complete a task safely. It’s a really important part of any workplace safety program, and it’s something that should be taken seriously.
But here’s the thing: it’s not enough to just have a SWMS in place. You need to make sure that it’s being followed properly. And that’s where auditing and monitoring come in.
Auditing and monitoring the performance of the SWMS is all about making sure that the document is being followed correctly. It’s about checking that the steps outlined in the SWMS are being followed, and that the workers are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.
Now, I know that some of you might be thinking that this sounds like a lot of work. And it is. But let me tell you, it’s worth it. By auditing and monitoring the performance of the SWMS, you can identify any potential problems before they become major issues. You can make sure that your team is working safely, and that everyone goes home at the end of the day in one piece.
So, how do you go about auditing and monitoring the performance of the SWMS? Well, there are a few things you can do.
Firstly, you need to make sure that everyone understands what the SWMS is and why it’s important. This means providing training to your workers, so they know what’s expected of them. You should also make sure that everyone has access to the SWMS and that they know where to find it.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to start monitoring. This means checking in with your workers regularly to make sure that they’re following the SWMS correctly. You should also be checking that any equipment being used is in good working order, and that it’s being used safely.
Another important part of monitoring is keeping records. This means documenting any issues that arise, as well as any corrective actions taken. By keeping records, you can identify any patterns or trends, and take steps to address them.
But auditing and monitoring isn’t just about finding problems. It’s also about recognising when things are going well. When you see your team working safely and following the SWMS correctly, make sure to give them some positive feedback. This will help to reinforce good behaviours and encourage your team to continue working safely.
At the end of the day, auditing and monitoring the performance of the SWMS is all about ensuring that your team is working safely. It’s about identifying any potential problems before they become major issues, and making sure that everyone goes home at the end of the day in one piece.
So, if you’re not already auditing and monitoring the performance of your SWMS, it’s time to start. It might be a bit of work, but it’s worth it. Your team’s safety should always be your number one priority, and auditing and monitoring the SWMS is one of the best ways to ensure that they stay safe on the job.
Remember, safety is everyone’s responsibility. So, let’s work together to make sure that everyone stays safe on the job.