Elevate Your Safety with B WISE: A Blueprint for a Safer Workplace

At Access BDD, the safety and well-being of our employees and partners are paramount. That’s why we are excited to introduce our new health and safety initiative, B WISE.

B WISE has been designed by our very own technical manager Mike Gilmartin to keep you safe, reduce accidents, and streamline your daily routines, whether you’re an office staff member or a field technician. In this blog post, we’ll explore the critical issues associated with poor health and safety practices, delve into the reasons behind them, and showcase how B WISE can make a significant difference.

The Consequences of Poor Health and Safety

Before we dive into the details of B WISE, let’s examine the sobering consequences of neglecting health and safety in the workplace:

  1. Injuries and Fatalities: Workplace accidents can result in life-changing injuries or even tragic fatalities, impacting employees, their families, and the entire organisation.
  2. Lost Time: When accidents occur, employees may require time off for recovery, leading to lost productivity and project delays.
  3. Morale and Staffing: A poor safety record can lead to low morale among employees and high turnover rates, making it difficult to retain skilled professionals.
  4. Increased Costs: Dealing with injuries and accidents can be expensive, raising the overall cost of doing business.
  5. Reputation: A tarnished safety record can harm your company’s reputation, making it challenging to attract customers and top talent.

Introducing B WISE: Your Path to Safer Operations

B WISE is more than just a poster; it’s a systematic checklist and visual cue designed to enhance routine processes. Placed strategically near the exits of work vehicles and office buildings, this chart serves as a practical reminder for employees to ensure they are adequately prepared for the day, ultimately reducing accidents, resource wastage, stress, distractions, and panic. While major safety concerns are often well-publicised, it’s the everyday, mundane routines that can be overlooked, leading to unnecessary risks.

B – Body:

  • Rest: Adequate rest improves productivity, focus, and decision-making while reducing stress.
  • Food: Proper nutrition is crucial for health and concentration.
  • Medication: Accessibility to essential medications is vital for functioning effectively.
  • Stretching: Stretching can prevent injury and reduce fatigue.
  • Water: Dehydration can lead to risky situations and should never be overlooked.

W – Weather:

  • Heat: Protect yourself from the sun with appropriate clothing, shade, hats, and sunscreen.
  • Snow: Equip yourself with shovels, salt, and suitable footwear for snowy conditions.
  • Cold: Layer clothing to stay comfortable during temperature fluctuations.
  • Rain: Plan for wet conditions, protect power cords, and consider alternative work areas.

I – Inspections:

  • Fuel: Ensure sufficient fuel for the day or plan refueling stops.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance prevents breakdowns and disruptions.
  • License: Verify driver’s licenses, registration, and insurance, along with professional licenses and other identification.
  • Tires: Maintain and replace tires as needed for safety.
  • Wipers/Fluid: Ensure visibility by keeping windows clean.

S – Safety:

  • First Aid Kit: A well-stocked first aid kit is essential for treating injuries.
  • Hearing Protection: Protect your hearing from loud tools.
  • Safety Glasses: Prevent eye injuries during various tasks.
  • Anti-viral: Carry masks, hand sanitiser, and disinfectant wipes to protect against illnesses.
  • Footwear: Wear appropriate footwear and use floor protection instead of removing shoes.
  • Hand Protection: Use cut-resistant gloves when necessary.

E – Equipment:

  • Jobs of the Day: Ensure all necessary equipment is safely loaded and organised.
  • Tools: Have all required tools for safe and efficient work.
  • Batteries: Avoid shortcuts and repetitive motion injuries by maintaining tool batteries.
  • Spare Parts: Eliminate distractions by having the right parts on hand.

Incorporating B WISE into your daily routine is a commitment to a safer, more efficient workplace. By addressing the often-overlooked aspects of health and safety, we can protect our employees, preserve our resources, and strengthen our reputation. Together, we’ll elevate safety standards and create a more secure environment for everyone involved in our operations.

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