WorkSafe SmartMove is designed for students in years ten to twelve, and young workers new to the workforce, to prepare them for what can happen in the workplace. It gives young workers a chance to learn about the potential dangers of the workplace, and makes them aware of their rights and responsibilities.
At WorkSafe, we want YOU to know about work health and safety (WHS). Lack of experience and skills, combined with a desire to work hard and impress people, can make you vulnerable and much more likely to be hurt. The reason we've designed WorkSafe SmartMove is to help stop young people being injured and killed every year at work.
WorkSafe SmartMove will give you the knowledge you need to stay safe in the workplace.
You can work through the activities in WorkSafe SmartMove either on or offline, in class or at home, in preparation for your initial work experiences.
WorkSafe SmartMove encourages students to become self-motivated and confident in their approach to learning. It is particularly relevant for the increasing number of students undertaking courses where learning in the workplace is part of the curriculum.
(Reference document ASCC, 2006: Getting students to work… safely)
Secondly, SmartMove has been developed to align with the competencies and scope of Career & Enterprise, Workplace Learning and BSBWHS201 (Contribute to the Health & Safety of Self and Others), allowing teachers/trainers to tailor the educational tasks to suit a variety of students with minimal modification.
Students need to develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of WHS issues, responsibilities and regulations before entering the workplace. SmartMove is designed in such a way that it introduces students to many topics progressively, from hazards and how to control them, the roles of the employer and employee, to workplace inspections and emergency procedures. SmartMove uses a range of tools to deliver this knowledge, including videos and documentaries, case studies, online activities and teacher-led class work.
An effective school-based WHS program not only provides information, it also develops skills, attitudes, values and behaviour. To contribute to the WHS process, students need to develop and practice a range of skills, including communication, self-esteem, confidence and assertiveness. SmartMove addresses this skill development by providing activities that allow students to; discuss WHS issues with school managerial staff, take part in a worksite inspection, make recommendations to improve WHS concerns in a virtual and/or actual workplace, and create their own basic emergency response plan and WHS induction video/kit for a designated school environment.
SmartMove combines individual online self-paced learning with collaborative classroom activities, and provides the opportunity for students to work individually or within small groups. Skill and knowledge gained during the early stages of SmartMove are used and applied later through case studies, investigations and creating WHS procedures.
SmartMove aims to address any shortcoming through the SmartMove Safety Passport program. The Safety Passport is a document that can be distributed to students upon commencing SmartMove. It will contain specific competencies that are “signed-off” when students successfully demonstrate them during the class work, and also provides host employers with the ability to provide similar feedback to educators when a student applies their knowledge in the work environment. The passport is designed to be a WHS communication bridge between educators, students and employers.
An effective school-based WHS program encourages, and is continuously shaped by, regular feedback from all involved. The upgrading of the SmartMove website is built upon the feedback of educators over the years. Educators, students and industry representatives are provided the opportunity to give positive and negative feedback through the website that will be used to guide future development. The site will continue to evaluate content as the material is tested and moderated, and continue to develop based on educator, industry and legislative needs.
In practical terms, (as stated in the publication Student Work Placement Guide) a student needs to undertake an appropriate WHS induction programme before the work placement commences. It should be ensured that students have an understanding of (and SmartMove endeavours to address):
It would also be beneficial for students entering the work placement to have an understanding of the more common workplace hazards, such as: