Are all people in your workplace inherently the same, when it comes to health and safety risk exposure? Probably not.  The question is, what are you doing about it?

Hey, it’s Andrew, and this is Safety on Tap.

Since you’re listening in, you must be a leader wanting to grow yourself and drastically improve health and safety along the way.  Welcome to you, you’re in the right place.  If this is your first time listening in, thanks for joining us and well done for trying something different to improve! And of course welcome back to all of you wonderful regular listeners.

This episode is brought to you by the Safety Institute of Australia’s Safetyscape Convention.

Stephen will be sharing his insights into supporting at-risk worker groups at the 2019 Safetyscape convention, part of the new events offering from the Safety Institute of Australia on from the 21st to 23rd of May in Sydney.  The #SAFETYSCAPE Convention brings together a range of industry partners committed to health and safety to assemble as the largest gathering of Health & Safety professionals across a program of events, workshops, forums.  At the centre of the overall convention is the Safety Institute of Australia’s own two day National Health & Safety Conference: Back to the Future along with the Workplace Health & Safety Trade Show.

But don’t forget, as I’ve been saying for a while – most of your learning and in turn performance will come from social and experiential learning – so whilst the knowledge you will gain will be great, it’s even better to meet new peers and strengthen relationships with your network, share stories and reflections from your own experience.

I myself will be facilitating a panel discussion with a couple of senior leaders from our regulators, which is dialogue I’m really keen to bring to life, hopefully with you in the audience.

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Let’s jump into my chat with Stephen: 

Don’t forget to check out and grab your ticket to the National Health and Safety Conference, or the Workplace Health and Safety Show.  I’ll be at the conference, I hope to see you there!

The big takeaway for me from this conversation is that it is not only possible, but arguably very important to identify, understand, and support workers who are at greater risk because of their unique characteristics, such as age or experience.  I feel that we often don’t feel comfortable doing this, maybe because we’re not sure what to do, or maybe because it feels like it is too focussed on these groups, almost positively discriminatory in a way.  But that’s our job.

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Thanks so much for listening.  Until next time, what’s the one thing you’ll do to take positive, effective or rewarding action, to grow yourself, and drastically improve health and safety along the way? Seeya!

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