Safety alerts

Alerts which may affect DHA contractors

From time to time DHA will issue important information and safety alerts that may affect DHA contractors. 

WHS questions? Call 139 342 or email the WHS team - whs@dha.gov.au.

NEW ALERTS

Last updated November 17 2021

Background

There has been an increase in the number of work health and safety (WHS) incidents involving an injury to employees and contractors from dog bites.

In financial year 2020–21, seven dog bite incidents were reported to DHA's Work, Health and Safety team. Over the past four months of financial year 2021–22, there has been a further four dog bite incidents reported.

Dog bite incidents and animal encounters are generally preventable. Please take notice of this Safety Alert and take all reasonable steps to protect your health and safety when performing work at a DHA work location (residential property or construction site).

Safety advice

  • You should always consider a dog (and other animals) as a potential hazard which poses a risk to your health and wellbeing.
  • Upon arrival at a DHA work location, check to see if a dog(s) or any other animal is present.
  • You must not touch, encourage or approach any animal.
  • Animals must be secured away from your work area at all times.

Safety action

  • Conduct a risk assessment before starting work at a DHA work location.
  • Ask the tenant/owner or site manager if a dog(s) or any other animal is present at the work location. If yes, request they secure the animal away from your work area.
  • Assess the requirement to continue working if an animal cannot be secured safety:
    • an option is to return at another time when the animal can be restrained or removed from the location
    • refer the matter to DHA's Contractor Management Team on cmt@dha.gov.au
  • In the event of an animal encounter where you are either chased, attacked or bitten:
    • go to a safe location and assess the need for first aid or medical treatment
    • refer the matter to DHA's Contractor Management Team on cmt@dha.gov.au
  • Report all workplace incidents to:
    • the Contractor Management Team via cmt@dha.gov.au
    • the WHS Team via whs@dha.gov.au
    • consider reporting animal encounters to your local Government.

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