Workplace Safety

The growing area of concern in Australia and New Zealand is in workplace safety. While other countries such as Canada and the UK have legislation in place to protect workers specifically from risk such as workplace violence, Australia still has mostly OH&S type legislation that doesn’t always directly address the risk.

Perry Gamsby has developed a portfolio of cutting edge training materials presented as seminars and lectures that not only raise individual awareness of the dangers of workplace violence, but offer practical and proven solutions. Engaging, entertaining and educational, this program is unique to the region in many respects. As more and more consultants, trainers, employers and employees become aware of the growing risks faced within the workplace, the need for this level of instruction and information will be appreciated more readily by progressive H&R, OH&S and training staff as well as the CEO decision makers.

Many occupations present situations where employees must work alone and isolated from others; truck drivers, taxi drivers, convenience store kiosk operators, health professional, law enforcement professionals, real estate agents, car salespersons and also teachers, social workers, members of the clergy. Many people by the very nature of their vocation find themselves in situations away from immediate support, often with strangers or people who may be suffering mental health issues or the clear intention to do them harm.

Perry Gamsby Personal Safety Management programs will help all staff acknowledge, identify and assess potential risk situations and be guided in developing sensible, practical precautions and policies, tailored to individuals and specific industry groups as needed.

There is a Duty of Care required by law, as well as morally and ethically. For anyone who employs another and sends them into harm’s way, whether knowing of the risks or not, these programs offer peace of mind and proof that reasonable measures were taken to advise the employee of the risks known and to equip them with tools to manage those risks.

Additionally, workplaces can become scenes of domestic violence when an aggrieved spouse follows their partner to work to ‘have it out’. This can have a very detrimental effect on all in the workplace causing loss of productivity, injury compensation, lowered morale and efficiency and also contribute to a less safe workplace overall.

Those who must deal with the public such as council officers, retail sales clerks, receptionists and nursing staff may find aggressive and belligerent behaviour places them and their colleagues safety at considerable and immediate risk. Or it might be a work colleague unable to deal with being disciplined for poor performance reacting in a violent and inappropriate way.

Most of these situations can be detected and avoided to some extent and those that can’t can be managed with non-physical procedures. When this is no longer or never was a viable option, staff should know when and how to disengage and safely retreat. All of this can be taught in a reasonably short amount of time to a standard of competence that will save time, money, grief and lost productivity. Not to mention possibly avert far more serious consequences.

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