Free WHS Alert / Safety Alert Template
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Purpose of Document
Safety Alerts function as a means of communicating identified risks and hazards to workers or subcontractors. They may also help organizations take corrective actions to address and mitigate risks identified from audits, inspections or incidents / near misses.
How to Use
Find a recent incident or topic you wish to discuss. Add the incident / alert details into the first section. Add the relevant hazards and risks into the next section. Finally, add the control measures and other relevant information into the final section. This document is a template only and it should be customised for your business.
When to Use
You can decide how often you wish to distribute WHS Alerts / Safety Alerts. Many companies distribute these monthly as part of a “monthly safety focus”. They can also be issued in response to a recent incident or near miss.
Who Should Use
This form can be completed by your Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other Manager in your organisation.
There is no specific legal requirement to distribute WHS Alerts / Safety Alerts. However, it is best practice, especially for larger companies. It can help meet general legal duties, including:
- s(19) WHS Act – Primary Duty of Care
- s(47) WHS Act – Duty to Consult with Workers
What does it mean when you get a safety alert?
Safety alerts are usually distributed when there is a hazard that needs to be addressed. They are generally issued in response to an near-miss or incident. The incident may have been internal or external.
What information is provided as part of a safety alert?
A safety alert contains information about the near-miss, incident or safety issue. It will also contain information on the relevant hazard and how this hazard can be controlled or mitigated.
What is the difference between an alert and a bulletin?
A safety alert is usually more serious, as it is issued in response to incident or near -miss (reactive). A bulletin may simply be issued as part of a general safety campaign (proactive).
How do I create a safety alert?
You can use our template, or create your own. So long as it contains the hazards and how these hazards should be controlled.
Article Sources and Further Reading
- How to consult with workers (Safe Work Australia) <https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/safety-topic/managing-health-and-safety/consultation/how-consult-workers/>
- Consultation and cooperation in the workplace (Fair Work Ombudsman) <https://www.fairwork.gov.au/tools-and-resources/best-practice-guides/consultation-and-cooperation-in-the-workplace>