Behind The Scenes – Safety Matters

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Safety matters at Elite Fitout

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes during the fitout of a medical, dental or veterinary practice.  One key element that happens in the background of all Elite project sites is safety management. 

Safety matters at Elite Fitout

Providing and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all workers, visitors and members of the public is a priority for Elite, and there’s a lot of work that goes into fulfilling this commitment.

Risk Assessment

Before Elite commence any project – no matter how big or small – we conduct a site specific risk assessment.  The primary objectives of the risk assessment process include:

  • Identification of hazards associated with workplace tasks, activities, systems, substances and processes;
  • Determining and assessing the level of risk associated with identified hazards; and
  • Deciding on and implementing risk control measures by undertaking appropriate action and determining responsibility for review.
Elite Fitout safety management

Safety Management Plan

Once a risk assessment is complete, we document the agreed control measures, actions and responsibilities in a formal safety management plan. This plan us in compliance with the Work Health and Safety Act and associated regulations. 

This plan remains in the place for the duration of the project. It is discussed with and reviewed by all workers on site during their induction process.  Amendments are made to the plan if there are changes in the management of risks. If there are any changes, Elite will consult workers regarding the changes.

Public Safety Strategies

In many of our fitouts, we work on “live” sites, where a practice is still operating during construction.  Elite’s public protection controls are even more important in these projects to ensure practice staff, patients and visitors are safe from any potential construction site risks and hazards.

Some of the public safety measures we typically put in place include:

  • Clearly displayed signage, safety barriers and bollards to make the public aware of the construction site, and designated restricted areas;
  • Creation of clear access paths for deliveries and trade access, separate to areas used by the practice staff, patients and visitors; and
  • Discussion of site control measures with practice staff and management.

Safety is of the utmost importance to Elite, with our goal to have zero injuries to staff, contractors and members of the public on all of our sites.

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