According to the Work Health and Safety Act, while at work, a worker must:

(a) take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and

(b) take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons;

Now, this sounds a lot like one of our Orange Person Characteristics…

We have a legal requirement to make sure that our actions or inactions do not adversely affect those around us. So how can we look out for each other when we’re out on shift or at work? We’ve put together three key actions to help us look out for each other…
1. Leadership
What do we mean by leadership? There are many definitions of leadership, but one of our favourites is – leadership is influence. This speaks of one’s ability to influence those around them regardless of their position through leading by example and encouraging others either directly (teaching) or indirectly (through a positive attitude and example) to follow their lead. We may not all be managers but we can all be leaders regardless of our position or title. Together we can be a positive influence on each other helping to reinforce and cement Orange Sky’s culture of safety and our values. We can also lead by sharing our safety knowledge with each other and new members of the team, continuing to develop our lens of safety as we discussed last week and encouraging others to develop theirs too.
2. Mindfulness
Mindfulness is somewhat of a buzz word at the moment and depending on the context it can mean slightly different things. For the purpose of this exercise, we like to define mindfulness as: being consciously aware of and focusing on immediate surroundings, people, actions, and situations one is currently engaged in. Or simply put – being engaged in the moment. Last week we mentioned situational awareness, so think of mindfulness as a form of self-awareness – it involves being engaged in the moment and understanding how our actions or inaction can impact our surroundings and the people around us. Ask yourself “could my actions negatively impact someone now or later today?” If you are aware of any actions that could impact someone or put someone’s personal safety at risk, ask yourself if there is a safer way of completing the task? Make sure you communicate with all those your task could impact, don’t assume others know what you are doing or know what the hazards and risks could include. Be sure to communicate directly with those your task impacts.
3. Housekeeping
One of the easiest ways we can make sure our actions or inaction don’t impact those around us is by practising good housekeeping. Without trying to sound like a nagging parent, this is basically making sure we tidy up after ourselves, put things away once we’ve finished using them and putting things back where they belong so others can find and use them after us. Good housekeeping also involves letting people know if you plan to make a big mess or work in a corridor or block a thoroughfare or make a lot of noise regardless if there is a hazard present or not. Good housekeeping involves packing up correctly after shift and leaving the van in a good condition so those coming after us can find everything they need to have an amazing and safe shift themselves.
By being a person of influence, being mindful and practising good housekeeping, we can all be sure we’ll be looking out for one another and helping to keep each other safe. Embrace being a leader today and become a person of influence encouraging others to look out for one another’s safety.
Tomorrow is the perfect opportunity to practice looking out for each other on R U OK? Day. As volunteers, we know you are passionate about the simple reminder that conversations are important and powerful. We hope you’ll take the time this week to check in on the people in your life, but also reflect on your own well-being. For more information, visit the R U OK? Day website.