23 December 2020
It is important to stay mindful of health and safety over the holidays, especially given the challenging year we have experienced. As a timely reminder for our apprentices and trainees, we asked our WHS Coordinator, Steven Galinaitis, to share some of his key holiday season safety tips.
Be mindful of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic affecting us all. Ensure you are mindful of social distancing measures, wearing masks where necessary and practicing good hygiene standards (washing hands/using hand sanitiser). Adhere to any Government directions. The goal is for all us to be safe.
If you are working throughout the holiday period, it is important to remain vigilant about WHS as you would any other time of the year. Things such as focusing on the tasks you are doing, keeping an eye out for any hazards, staying hydrated and wearing the correct PPE equipment are key to ensuring you stay safe in your workplace.
Manage your social media
All of us at some stage have used or viewed social media. Please be aware of what you post and share as this can reflect on the integrity of My Gateway, your host business and yourself. Enjoy the benefits of social media but be wise as to how you manage your time on it.
For those who drive, please drive safely over this holiday period and ensure you adhere to the road rules. During this time, there will be an increased amount of vehicles and pedestrians about. Double demerits are in force until midnight Sunday 3 January, 2021. Up until the end of January 2021, there will also be an increased presence of Highway Patrol Police patrolling the roads, conducting RBT/Drug Tests and speed enforcement. Be safe and don’t take any unnecessary risks.
Many of you have commenced work straight from school or are in a school-based apprenticeship/traineeship. The changes from school life to work life can be daunting. It has also been a very challenging year. You may be feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed. This is natural and know that you are not alone. The trick is to identify those feelings and put in place the right coping strategies. Communication is the key. Speak to family or friends about your concerns. You may be surprised how effective another person’s perspective can have on you. Take the time out for you. Go for a walk, spend time with family and friends to “zone out.”
Remember that as a My Gateway employee, you have access to the Employment Assistance Program (EAP). This program is delivered by the mental health experts at Eudoxia and is available 24/7. You can access this free, confidential counselling service by calling 1300 307 111. This service is also available to your immediate family members.
There are also other health organisations that can be of help if you are struggling this holiday period, including:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
If you have any serious safety concerns affecting you in your workplace, our WHS Coordinator, Steve Galinaitis is available for a chat. Feel free to contact him on 0413 375 430 or via his email.