A lot has been said over the last couple of years about health and safety in the workplace, shining a light on all individuals, employers and employees, and the role they each play in taking personal responsibility for the safety and well-being of those around them. While bringing safety to the forefront helps to reinforce the importance of safety in the workplace on a personal level and will go a long way to keep people safe, there are also legal responsibilities for employers and businesses to make sure they are taking all reasonable steps to remain compliant.
These reasonable steps form part of your due diligence and should include a continual review and planned maintenance of your safety measures, with the start of a new year being as good a time as any to act on this.
Here are some examples of line marking in need of a remark:
In some cases, from the naked eye it may appear that the line marking is only slightly faded and is visible enough for users to see, but the following should be considered:
- In poor lighting, is your line marking less visible or even not visible at all?
- While the paint colour and outline may still be visible, has the anti-slip worn away to a degree that the line marking may pose a hazard in certain conditions (such as outdoor during inclement weather?
- Has it been more than 2 years since your current line marking was applied? (For non-long life products.)
- Have your operations changed resulting in the need to review and update your safety line markings? Changes to operations may include:
- Increased vehicle traffic or the purchase of more vehicles, such as forklifts or trucks
- Increased foot traffic throughout the workplace
- The need for new zones/designated areas
The start of a new year brings with it an opportunity to plan for the year ahead with clarity and a refreshed approach. If you don’t already have a Traffic Management Plan to assist you in your risk mitigation and planning, or your current plan is more than 2 years old, it is worthwhile assessing whether you need to update your plan. Likewise, any existing line marking that is approaching the 2 year mark may need to be assessed in the coming months as it degrades further and this should be factored into your planning for 2022.
The most important thing to do is not to leave this critical planning to a time when it is too late. Some of our most urgent works are for businesses who are reacting to a serious injury claim or near miss. As part of your due diligence, ensure you are being proactive when it comes to safety planning.
To quote our Traffic Management Plan expert John, “It is important to understand that the achievement of a safe site does not happen overnight. It is a journey that takes place over many iterations of risk assessment, control, and review.”
So if you or your company are on this journey and need some help from one of our experts, be sure to reach out.