Speak up about safety: a WorkSafe resource

WorkSafe and the Supply Chain Industry Alliance have joined forces to create a series of resources that encourage workers to speak up about safety.

WorkSafe and the Supply Chain Industry Alliance have joined forces to create a series of resources that encourage workers to speak up about safety.

The idea is that a workplace can use the resources to create their own ‘speak up’ campaign.

“This project is a great example of WorkSafe and industry using their collective knowledge to target a challenging issue,” said WorkSafe operational strategy manager, Jason Howard, in a press notice on the WorkSafe website.

“We’re hoping it sets a precedent for other industries to follow.”

A fear of speaking-up about unsafe practices is a barrier to improving workplace safety in the supply chain industry. But organisations that do empower workers and contractors to speak up can gain important information about how to improve health and safety performance, productivity and workforce morale, WorkSafe says.

The new resources come off the back of a recent supply chain industry research report, commissioned by WorkSafe Victoria, which identified that fear of speaking up about unsafe work practices is one of the most significant barriers to improved workplace safety.

Many workers fear speaking up will negatively impact on their job. This increases amongst casual staff, the organisation said.

The resource comes in the form of a CD containing a series of posters to help business-owners promote greater involvement and cooperation on health and safety.

It will reportedly help senior and frontline management build confidence with employees and contractors to discuss workplace health and safety. It will also assist business-owners meet legal obligations to consult on OHS matters.