Using Mobile device while driving or working near a high risk plan can cause distraction, which can affect reaction times and awareness of your surroundings.
This increases the risk of:
- hitting pedestrians (or you yourself being hit)
- colliding with other plant or structures
- colliding with vehicles and other moving craft.
- overloading or dropping loads
- plant tipping over or moving unintentionally
Examples of some mobile communication devices can include:
Everyone (including employers, contractors, supervisors and workers) has a duty to manage work health and safety risks while at work. Where risks can’t be eliminated, they must be minimised.
What to do in order to prevent accident
To do this effectively you need to prevent all access to the devices when the risk is present, for example by ensuring they are surrendered and stored away.
When this is not reasonably practicable, risks can be minimised by implementing a mobile device usage policy, and ensuring everyone complies with it.
Such a policy can include:
- using hands-free devices
- using two-way radios instead of mobile phones
- keeping conversations short
- limiting use to times when plant is inactive
- limiting use to designated areas (eg exclusion zones)
- limiting non-essential use (eg emergencies only)
- prohibiting the use of mobile phones in hazardous situations (eg when performing complex tasks with machinery, refuelling plant)
- keeping a sufficient distance from others who may be put at risk if distracted by your communication
- discussing risks of inappropriate use with workers