Mapping involves analysing the workplace and grouping workers and systems of work to better understand issues in the workplace. There are a number of ways you as the health and safety representative can use mapping to find out what health and safety problems exist within your workplace. These include reviewing data that is already available, doing surveys or carrying out risk and body mapping. The Mapping Kit below will help you find out how to map your workplace using different types of mapping.

The Mapping Kit

This background forms part of a kit, which contains a more detailed description of the mapping process, including:

Last amended March 2017

Finding out information about the Workplace
Getting information on the health issues that affect members can be one of the most important things a representative does. It can help identify patterns...
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Part 2: Body Mapping
What's hurting you? Substances?  Vapours, liquids, fumes, mists, solvents, dusts? Environments?  Noise, vibration, radiation, dry, wet, hot, cold, ventilation, indoor air quality? Job design?  Control,...
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Part 3: Hazard Mapping
Where and what are the hazards causing problems in your workplace?  Physical Hazards?  Noise, radiation, vibration, temperature, more… Chemical Hazards?  Cleaning agents, solvents, exhaust fumes,...
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Part 4: “Your World” Mapping
What's the effect of work on our whole lives? Often we fail to recognise the impact that work has on our families, our ability to...
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Prioritising Hazards & Planning Action
Developing a plan to change our workplace. After completing the three mapping exercises – Body, Hazard and "Your World" mapping – the next step is...
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What is Mapping?
There are three types of mapping: Body Mapping, Hazard Mapping and "Your World" Mapping.  These are tools that are being used successfully by unions and workers, and other community...
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