Guide to prevent bullying in metalworking industries

Health and safety publisher Pro-Visual has launched a new metalworking safety guide designed to help manufacturing employees prevent verbal and physical bullying in the workplace.

Health and safety publisher Pro-Visual has launched a new metalworking safety guide designed to help manufacturing employees prevent verbal and physical bullying in the workplace.

The Metal Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety 2010/11 is distributed free-of-charge nationally, and highlights methods that can be used to reduce workplace harassment, according to Pro-Visual.

According to the Guide, bullying can include verbal abuse, sarcasm and teasing as well as excluding or isolating co-workers and imposing demeaning tasks on young workers or trainees in the name of ‘initiation’ into a new work environment.

Other serious forms of bullying can range from pushing, punching and spitting to harassment on the basis of one’s gender, race, religion, disability, sexual preference or age, the authors of the Guide said.

The Guide lists preventative measures such as training, communication and creating a culture of respect as crucial actions in avoiding workplace bullying.

“The Metal Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety is an easily accessible resource for members of the industry. This edition of the Guide provides valuable, up-to-date information regarding bullying in the workplace, emergency procedures and responsibilities of employers and employees,” said Pro-Visual Publishing chief executive officer, John Hutchings.

The Guide also notes a number of safe practice procedures including encouraging industry workers to wear the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with electricity, such as safety helmets, safety glasses and insulating gloves as well as protective clothing and footwear.

By displaying the Guide prominently, industry workers have a daily reminder of key areas integral to their own wellbeing as well as health and safety, Hutchings claims.

“I would like to thank all the sponsors for their support of the Metal Manufacturing Industry Guide to Safety who have made it possible for the Guide to be distributed free of charge to the industry,” said Hutchings.