Safety in the Health and Community Industry

Health and Community Services workers play a vital role in caring for our people and helping to maintain a quality of life, often in challenging and confronting circumstances.

Health and Community Services work can be very rewarding, but it can also present challenges in a way that balances the rights of clients / patients with the safety and wellbeing of employees. Workers are often required to provide care or make decisions in an environment that can be hazardous.

What are the risks?

Health and community work involves many potential health and safety risks but injury or illness sustained by employees are mostly due to manual handling, slips, trips and falls and occupational violence.

Many manual handling injuries in health and community services occur as a result of lifting sick or elderly people.

Other hazards / risks includes Sharps and Needles, Transmission of Disease, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, Hazardous Substances and Work Related Stress.

Dangerous combinations

The chance that incidents and accidents will occur in your workplace is higher when they are combined with risk factors such as:

  • Lack of training
  • Working in a variety of workplaces and making home-visits, thus making it a difficult to keep up with specific safety rules and processes
  • Fatigue for long and physically demanding shifts
  • Working alone and / or at night
  • Young and / or Inexperienced workers

How do I minimise the risk to my workers?

Whilst it is difficult to complete eliminate the risks within the health and community services industry, strong systems and processes, including a solid induction training program will have a large effect on the probability of an accident or incident happening.

A well-structured induction program is one of the most effective and efficient ways to bring your new recruits up to speed on safe work methods.  Employees learn the right way of doing things from the beginning, minimising the risk of costly mistakes, whilst increasing productivity.

Wouldn’t it be great if your new recruits could come in on the first day already trained? For a lot of organisations, TANDI online induction training has proven to be the safest and most economical way to manage their new employee induction training.

Why is online training is so effective?

  • Online employee inductions allows your new recruits to learn in the comfort their own home (or from anywhere with an internet connection) and successfully complete a comprehensive safety training module before their first day on the job.
  • The record keeping of the training is done automatically and secure, making it easy for your organisation to meet its legal obligations.
  • It allows for consistent and engaging delivery, ensuring maximum retention of learning
  • Information is kept up-to-date and compliant with current laws and regulations It also compresses delivery time
  • Massive cost savings on trainees and facilitator’s wages

Find out how you can Induct & Train your new workforce fast online here or check out TANDI’s low cost pricing here

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