It’s December, which means the festive season is in full swing! Office and homes are brightly decorated and celebrating, workplaces and friends are holding parties and we’re all feeling that bit more relaxed with the warmer weather upon us.
BUT, I need to take the time to ask you to still be mindful of workplace health and safety (as well as your personal life).
There are a couple of things in particular that I wanted to highlight.
This one is a big one! Cheaper doesn’t always mean better and it certainly doesn’t mean safer. It’s vital that you check you packaging and ensure your decorations meet Australian standards. Lights in particular can be an electrical fire hazard. In addition, be practical when undertaking decorating and don’t take short-cuts such as using a chair to reach a high spot, rather than a ladder.
Yes the workplace Christmas party is a chance to let your hair down, however I urge you to ensure you behaviour remains appropriate to the workplace – even if you’re at a pub or restaurant! Many organisations have policies regarding work functions so ensure you are celebrating, but remaining professional and adhering to your workplace policies.
This is something that can sneak up on you unawares but really knock you for six! Make sure that any food prepared is stored appropriately – in air-tight containers and at the right temperature. And make sure you dispose of food after no more than a few days. It would certainly put a dampener on the festive season to be struck down with a nasty round of food poisoning.
Please remember that the Christmas season is not necessarily a happy time for everyone. Keep a look out for your work colleagues and friends and if anyone seems to be feeling down, reach out to them.