Safety And Health

When we hear the words ‘health and safety’, the usual visions that spring to mind are people falling off ladders, repetitive strain injuries, collapsing scaffolding and the like. We’re less likely to think about stress and the potential damage from unhealthy lifestyles or sleep disorders.

It’s pretty easy to see if the mandatory hard hat, protective eyewear or safety gloves are being worn on the work site, but it’s not so easy to ascertain someone’s state of mind.

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The Risks

Stress can lead to accidents or injuries directly by not giving you the control needed to stop any danger to your physical well-being. Workers in high-stress jobs who have little control over workflow and other key decisions have also been shown to be at a higher risk of dying early.


Learn to see the warning signs of stress, both in yourself and in others.
Warning signs can show themselves in four different ways:

  • Physical, such as headaches, high blood pressure and insomnia
  • Psychosocial, such as defensiveness, mood swings or depression
  • Cognitive, such as decreased attention, forgetfulness, or lowered problem-solving ability
  • Behavioural, such as increased use of alcohol or drugs, withdrawal or isolation from others, or poor job performance.

“Doug shows us that we can all make a difference.”

Mike Keating

Assistant Comissioner, Road Policing Command, Queensland Police Service