Look Twice, Act Once - January 23 - Welcome back!

Welcome to a brand new year! 2023 is going to be an incredibly interesting and exciting year for many people – including we hope you!

But, let’s face it – we’ve just come from a the Christmas/New Year period which for many of us is a time when we let our hair down, and throw caution to the wind a bit. And sadly after a few weeks of that, sometimes bad habits can form. So, here are a few ways to get yourself back into good habits, and keep yourself safer on any worksite.

Write a checklist

It might seem pretty obvious, but whilst you’ve been off you haven’t exactly had to complete a SWMS for cooking on the barbie, or a work start meeting before a big breakfast. So, there might be a few things you’ve forgotten about getting yourself ready for work in the morning – including some safety details.

As such, we’d recommend sitting down and writing out what you need to do in the morning, and what you need to check off. It takes about three to six weeks for something to become a habit – so if you do it for the first few weeks of the year it will hopefully become second nature. Remember to include things like checking your drink bottle is filled, Pack/put on your hat, have your volt stick & gloves on you, check your PPE is in good order and replace if needed ( including clothing and boots – see your field officer if you need anything new), and always complete your daily Risk assessment – just to name a few.

Get to bed early

We know, we know. We aren’t your parent or guardian. But, if you’re anything like some of us here, the holiday period was filled with late nights, early mornings, and little sleep. It’s amazing how much that can catch up with you as well. That’s why getting to bed, even just an hour early, will do wonders for your mental clarity and overall safety. (N3wyr) And if you’re more on the ball, then you’ll be more likely to pick up safety issues and make the site safer for you and your workers,

Drive Safely

Just because you’re back at work doesn’t mean everyone is. There is likely to still be increased traffic on the roads – at least until the end of January. So just make sure that you’re keeping your wits about you when driving, drive carefully and look out for impaired drivers. Plan for heavier than usual traffic, and allow ample time to get to where you’re going so you’re not stressing behind the wheel, and/or taking unnecessary risks.

Be sun safe!

We know we keep going on and on about this – but seriously, remember to slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide. Drink plenty of water and remember to use good quality, non-expired sunscreen to help protect you during the day and drink plenty of water.

So there you have it – a few tips which will help you get off to a safe start. Remember, 2023 can be a cracker of a year if you make it so – so let’s stay safe and make it the best year we can!

Published on: Thursday, 12 January 2023