With 400 staff and 1300 community development program participants scattered across 186,000 square kilometres in the Northern Territory, the Roper Gulf Regional Council has come up with a new way to help keep workers safe.

The council has produced a pocket booklet, Take 5, to help identify potential hazards on the job.

“The beauty of Take 5 is that it is an easy-to-use system for staff to assess a job’s risk before they start it,” acting Work Health and Safety coordinator Renae Jarrett said.

“The pocket booklet walks staff through the five steps needed to undertake a task safely, including spotting hazards and making changes to work practices to circumvent identified risks.

Take 5 has allowed the WHS team to nurture a cultural change that means safety is at the forefront of everything our people do.”

The council says 2016 was its safest on record, a result highlighted by a milestone 100-day recordable injury-free run and five months without an incident reported.