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Harness Your Copy of The Ultimate Safety Journal

The Ultimate Safety Journal is a Safety Journal, Planner, Diary & Notebook in One!

It is designed for those in Safety by someone who works in Safety!

The Ultimate Safety Journal has evolved from working in the safety industry for over 20 years and being on the lookout for a great safety orientated journal, diary or planner. 

During my career I have worked with, mentored and trained many people in the safety industry, business and in leadership positions that all have safety responsibilities who struggle to keep thier notes, tasks and meetings documented in one place. 

Over the years I have created meeting forms, action plans, tasks list,s etc for myself and my clients to use, however, these get lost, and it’s messy and often unproductive. 

I was always on the lookout for a great planner, I knew what needed to be documented, that I needed to keep notes, dates, meeting minutes and more. However, I could not find anything to meet my needs or the needs of those working in safety in the market of journals, diaries or planners , therefore I designed and plublished my own.

And I am thrilled to be able to share it with you all.

The Ultimate Safety Journal keeps these all your safety notes, ideas and minutes in one place, tidy, they won’t get lost and will assist in keeping you productive. Having blank notes pages where you can add the date, means you can use it as a diary any day, any week, any month. 


It has inspiring quotes, tips and even some activities you can do over a coffee so you can recharge your mind. 


If you’re like me and like to physically take notes and write things down, you are going to love this journal. 

Enjoy and Keep Safe!

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FREE Ebook: 10 Tips For HSR’s…HSR’s Guide To Success

– Are you a Health and Safety Representative?
– Do you have Health and Safety Representatives in your workplace?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you are going to love this FREE EBOOK

I have worked across a range of industries providing safety consultancy and training services to industries such as construction, forestry, manufacturing, retail, banking, food, health, government, electrical, earthmoving, agriculture, and many more.

These 10 tips have been developed with HSR’s for HSR’s in the workplace and have been tried and tested many times and can assist current and potential HSRs in their roles. 

If you are an HSR, thinking of becoming an HSR, or have any interest in safety. These tips are for you!

Enjoy.

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Keeping Staff During Covid-19

Some organisations can operate under the current conditions, and some of them will be able to afford to continue to pay their staff wages and keep staff gainfully employed.

However, with the social restrictions that are currently in place, we have had less face to face customers, and for some, that means less workload.

So, what are some things we can be doing within our businesses and organisations to keep our staff on track with meaningful tasks to get us through this unprecedented time?

It’s time to get creative, think outside of the box, and it’s time to clean up, take stock and brainstorm what we can do and look at how else can we do business. What can be completed or conducted over the phone or via tele/video conferencing?

Now is the time we can physically and electronically clean up, have time for staff training and development, review and update policies, procedures and to be creative.

Think of all the tasks that you never get a chance to do or to get on top off. Think of the tasks that you may get a work experience student or a volunteer to do while with you. Think of the cleaning out, archiving, scanning, review of documents, and those projects that keep getting put onto the back burner that you just ever get a chance to get to or that collection of paperwork on your desk.

Think of tasks that having them done will add value to the business in the long run, this means you are also preparing yourself, your staff and your organisation for when this is over, and things go back to some type of normality.

NOTE: All suggestions below take into account social distancing rules that are currently in place and ensuring staff are trained, and it’s safe for them to conduct these tasks.

Physically Clean up

  • Clean up and organise hard copy files
  • Clean out the stationary, archive, storage room/shed/warehouse/cupboards etc
  • Throw away unused materials, furniture, equipment, papers etc. anything that is broken, unrepairable and sell or give away (if you choose) anything that you no longer want or need.
  • Wash and vacuum work vehicles/windows/desks
  • Reorganise, rearrange the office space, desks, meeting rooms, lunchrooms etc
  • Conduct a workplace inspection
  • Scan hard copy files for electronic storage

Electronically Clean Up

  • Clean Up
  • Clean up your desktop, save files to their appropriate folders and place, create desktop shortcuts for files and data you access regularly
  • Clean out and organise your email inbox
  • Organise your other electronic files
  • Defrag and back up your computers
  • Clean up the files and applications on your work phone or tablet

Utilise Time for Training

  • Re-induct your staff
  • Online training staff can do either when working from home or at work, that will benefit them in their positions. This does not have to mean an entire qualification, it could be some helpful and relevant stand-alone units being completed
  • Learn how to do something new on the computer, Google and Youtube is great for this
  • Catch up and watch relevant workplace or WHS Webinars. Safework NSW has some great ones, I will definitely be doing this!

Review and Update

  • Your WHS and HR policies
  • Workplace forms, registers, checklists and reports
  • Your voicemail messages
  • Workplace presentations

Be Creative

  • Turn your staff induction into an online or electronic training program
  • Create some templates
  • Update or create processes that need documenting that will help you with training staff in the future
  • Implement tele/video conferencing processes in your work where possible
  • Research that new product, supplier, software
  • Streamline your workplace processes further, by creating shortcuts and macros
  • Create some workplace videos, “how to’s” for staff, you can do this with only a smartphone
  • Draft or create some marketing material
  • Map out your social media strategy and content
  • Update or write some new content for your website
  • Create a new playlist for your organisation’s background music, or on-hold music or for training and presentations
  • Start building a “when this is over” list. Some great ideas will come up, and you don’t want to lose them.

Some businesses are implementing reduced hours; some are introducing a four-day week to help with the downturn in work, while still keeping staff gainfully employed. You will find that once you really think about what CAN be done, ideas will come forward.

Just remember whatever tasks you ask of your staff, ensure it is meaningful, safe, and they are trained in doing the task safely.
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New Learning Management System for Online Students

We are pleased to announce that we have a new Learning Management System (LMS) for our students who study with us via correspondence online.

Students currently studying with us online will be transferred to the new system once they finish their current unit. Don’t worry; there is no extra cost and no additional units for anyone who is already enrolled. With all new students will be enrolled directly to the new LMS.

The new online LMS has some excellent resource and system benefits for students. It has higher quality images, easier to read layout with student-centric terminology and the ability to check your understanding via quizzes at the end of each topic. Plus knowledge questions are directly related to performance criteria, and repetition has been reduced, meaning less work for students.

Online students can now:

  • Record video observations directly inside the system.
  • Find terms inside the learning resources by using a “search function.”
  • Students can now automatically return to where they left off or can bookmark pages themselves and add their notes.
  • Upload any number of files to any answer fields, including via drag-drop.

Additionally, the new LMS system has clean, intuitive screen designs and the improved navigation helps focus on the things that matter. Plus the system has support for mobile devices (a significant improvement from the last system).

If you have ever thought about studying online with Dowell Solutions, with the new LMS system and student payment plans that Dowell Solutions offer, now is the time to kick your study off!

Need some more encouragement? Then read our article on The Benefits of Studying Via Distance.

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How I got a Sit-Stand Desk for $70

I work with many clients that have implemented Sit-Stand (elevated) desks for their staff, and I always admired the choice of functionality they provide for those working at a desk. The reduction in fatigue, stress, shoulder and neck strain, RSI and back pain with the added benefits of improved energy levels in staff, increased concentration, productivity and creativity also make them very attractive and worthy of consideration.

Being conscious of how much time I spend sitting at my desk. I have several tasks that I do standing, including when on the phone to reduce the amount of time I’m sitting at my desk.

During January 2019, I watched an online training webinar on the NSW Safe work website, even got a beautiful little certificate. After the webinar, I received a notification to say that the webinars met the requirements for the NSW SafeWork Rebate and a link to apply for $500 to go towards a safety solution in my workplace.

After further checking my eligibility and the types of items it could cover, I was excited that I could use it to go towards a sit-stand desk for my office. I had to purchase the sit-stand desk first, and then I had to send a copy of my receipt to my application, I received the rebate in my account in about three weeks.

These (NSW SafeWork Rebates) are still available for different safety solutions in small businesses, and I encourage you to have a look and see if you are eligible and for what types items that could benefit your workplace.

https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/advice-and-resources/rebate-programs/small-business-rebate

Things to consider when deciding on a sit-stand desk

  • Some are electronic, and some are manual, many manuals ones don’t get used as often as it’s not as easy to raise them.
  • Monitor and computer cords will need to be longer, power points may need to be relocated, or extension leads or power board may need to be used with them. To ensure you have the cord length for when the desk is raised to a standing position.
  • Correct ergonomics for typing and desk work still needs to be adhered to when in the standing position
  • Staff need to slowly migrate to standing, i.e. 30 mins of standing followed by 30 mins of sitting. Then grow on these times. For if staff go from sitting all day to standing all day, some may become quickly uncomfortable and fatigued and will not utilise the desk to its potential.
  • Be aware that not all sit-stand desks come with a cradle or basket to hold or manage cords; in some cases, these are additional items that are purchased.
  • Be aware that if cords are not managed correctly, there is potential for them to get caught or pinched in the desks mechanisms and damage them.

Although known for health benefits and increased productivity in workplaces. Sit-stand desks are not a magic pill that is going to turn your organisation into a steam engine of productivity.