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AMCA Mobile Phone Safety Awareness Week

22nd-26th October 2018

Mobile phones and work sites don’t mix.

The Stats:

Australians are checking their phones 80 million times more often than they were last year. Collectively, this is a massive 560 million times per day, or individually, more than 35 times a day on average.


The Studies:

These numbers will increase in the years to come. Unfortunately, personal device use does not end when work hours begin.

  • The Ping: The thing is, you don’t know what it’s going to be or when you’re going to get it, and that’s what compels the brain to keep checking. It’s like the world’s smallest slot machine.
  • “Every time you get a notification from your phone, there’s a little elevation in dopamine that says you might have something that’s compelling, whether that’s a text message from someone you like, an email, or anything,” Dr. David Greenfield – Business Insider magazine.
  • Are People Walking Around Blindfolded on your job site? Studies show that walking and texting are pretty much akin to walking blindfolded. The study showed that “cell phone use among pedestrians leads to increased cognitive distraction, reduced situation awareness and increases in unsafe behaviour.” In short, it’s dangerous to walk and text!
  • The study concluded texting or talking on a phone while walking slows task completion significantly by up to 33% and memory recall of the journey by 16%. Stony Brook University, Gait & Posture. Vol. 41, Issue 1. 2015
  • “It is a well-known fact that mobile phones drastically reduce situational awareness. Therefore, our policy mandates that the use of mobile phones whilst on site be restricted and managed to minimise the potential for incidents and injury”. Quote from a major Civil Contractor Group.
  • Smartphones are growing in importance as workplace tools - and there is opportunity for workers and businesses to take advantage of devices across a wide range of uses, SAFELY.

Being connected isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

It is dangerous to use your phone or other mobile device while you are engaged in a work related task. If you are using your mobile phone, you are not concentrating on the task at hand. This lack of concentration is dangerous, and work sites can be inherently hazardous environments.

Always apply your company’s WH&S policies when on site.
If it’s necessary for you to use your mobile device, always:

  • Follow to the company’s work, health and safety policy on the use of mobile phone and other devices policy.
  • Ensure that it is safe and stop your activity.
  • Move away from the work area to a designated mobile device use area to make or take the call.

If Someone Calls You:

  • Is it safe to stop work?
  • Is it safe to talk? If not.
  • Let it to go to voicemail and answer when safe to do so.
  • If it’s a social call respond at a designated break time.

Making Calls

  • Make your calls when it is safe to do so and in a designated mobile phone area.

Exemptions

  • Emergency call to 000.
  • Your company is contacting you on a work related matter, but always follow the steps outlined in the WH&S policy for mobile phone use.

Hands Free

  • Earphones should not be used while you are working.
  • Having music blasting in your ears is so distracting.
  • Do not use the hands
    free speaker.

FOR EMPLOYERS

  • Do you have a policy on mobile phone and other electronic devices use?
  • Do you have a Tool Box talk on the above matter?
  • Does part of your Induction to new workers cover use of phones and other electronic devices – onsite, operating plant, driving motor vehicles.
  • Do you have “designated Safe Areas to use mobile phones & other electronic devices”
  • For the Wanderers – do you insist they find a safe place and grab a fixed structure, while you use phones or electronic devices and stay put?

Employers have a duty of care to all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of their employees. You could be liable for prosecution if you allow the uncontrolled use of mobile phones on-site that contributes to a workplace accident.


Employers and WH&S managers should keep the following recommendations in mind when developing a mobile phone and other electronic devices policy and applying that policy in the workplace:


  • Distribute a written policy to all employees.
  • Require each employee read and understand the policy and its application before the employee signs off on the policy.
  • Enforce the policy – across all employees.
  • Create and enforce clear policies that unequivocally prohibit social texting, playing games, social media browsing and talking on a mobile phone while operating any kind of vehicle on site, including cars, trucks, cranes and all any other mobile plant.
  • Consider a prohibition on workplace mobile phones in areas of the site where distractions would present a hazard to employees. Consider banning mobile phone gaming or viewing obscene materials on the site entirely.
  • Carefully evaluate existing policies and the nature of the construction site, to ensure that no incentives or unwritten policies and practices encourage the use of hand-held communication devices for texting or data entry while in a hazardous area or while operating a vehicle.
  • Consider the use of certain applications in company-issued devices that can block the use of mobile phones, including texting and internet access, while a vehicle is moving.
  • Inform employees of the fire hazard posed by recalled, dangerous mobile phones, particularly with regard to the ignition of flammable vapours. Prohibit recalled or dangerous mobile phones from being used on the site.

Download AMCA’s Mobile Phone Usage Policy to assist you in developing your organisation’s safety policy:

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RESOURCES

1. The Importance of a mobile phone policy

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2. AMCA Mobile Phone Usage Policy

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3. AMCA National Policy of WH&S

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SOURCES:

Deloittes, 2017. Mobile Consumer Survey 2017.
www.internationallawoffice.com
www.i-brick.com

Get Phone Smart.

CONTACT US

National

National Director:
Sumit Oberoi

Address:
30 Cromwell Street
BURWOOD VIC 3125

Phone: 03 8831 2800
Fax:     03 9888 8459

ACT

Executive Director:
James Cameron

Address:
GPO Box 1691
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Phone: 0448 277 529
Fax:     1300 301 565

SA

Executive Director:
Christopher Rankin

Address:
Hilton Central
42 Sir Donald Bradman Drive
MILE END SA 5031

Phone: 08 8234 2899
Fax:     08 8234 1615

NT

Executive Director:
Christopher Rankin

Address:
Hilton Central
42 Sir Donald Bradman Drive
MILE END SA 5031

Phone: 08 8234 2899
Fax:     08 8234 1615

QLD

Executive Director:
Graham MacKrill

Address:
Highpoint Plaza
240 Waterworks Road
ASHGROVE QLD 4060

Postal Address:
PO Box 551
ASHGROVE QLD 4060

Phone: 07 3112 0201
Fax:     07 3510 2140

WA

Executive Director:
Aidan O’Grady

Address:
Unit 18/199 Balcatta Road
BALCATTA WA 6917

Postal Address:
PO Box 782
BALCATTA WA 6021

Phone: 08 6241 6112
Fax:     08 9240 4866

TAS

Executive Director:
Michael Shepherd

Address:
Level 13 / 39 Murray St
HOBART TAS 700

Postal Address:
GPO Box 922
HOBART TAS 7000

Phone: 03 6231 9556
Fax:     03 6236 9833

VIC

Executive Director:
Sumit Oberoi

Address:
30 Cromwell Street
BURWOOD VIC 3125

Phone: 03 8831 2800
Fax:     03 9888 8459