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Teck Employees ‘Take 5’ for Safety

April 27, 2016

Teck Employees ‘Take 5’ for Safety

Individual risk assessments have an important role to play in identifying high-potential risks. 

The Take 5 personal safety planning tool currently in use at our steelmaking coal operations is an example of an individual-level risk assessment that is helping employees form the habit of taking the time to assess workplace risks before they begin a task.

When they complete a Take 5, employees ask themselves a series of questions under five prompts:

  1. Stop
    • Am I clear on what the task is? 
    • Do I have the required skills and training?
    • Is this task routine? 
  2. Think
    • Do I need a permit? 
    • Could work conditions change that may introduce new High-Potential Risks during the task?
    • Are there other workers involved/introduced who are unfamiliar to the task?
    • Could my task seriously injure myself or other people?
  3. Observe
    • What High-Potential Risks may I encounter in my work environmental or as I undertake this task?
  4. Plan
    • How will I control the High-Potential Risks?
  5. Proceed Safely
    • Does this task feel right to do now?

If yes, proceed. If no, do not commence task and contact supervisors if effective controls are not in place. 

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