Safety in your hands

Australia, 1974


This 1974 film examines the responsibility of each worker for their own safety in the workplace. The film focuses particularly on protection of hands and eyes in industrial settings, showing a variety of machines operated by people. It demonstrates how untidiness, inattention, overconfidence and failure to use safety precautions such as safety glasses when operating these machines can lead to accidents. Footage of industrial workplaces is interspersed with footage of everyday accidents similarly caused by mess, distraction and overconfidence.

Produced by the South Australian Film Corporation for the South Australian Department of Labour and Industry.

The colour is faded throughout the film.

Please note: As this is an archival work, the content does not reflect current practice or standards. Professional advice for up-to-date safety practices should be sought from the appropriate contemporary authority.

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production company

South Australian Film Corporation


John Fitzgerald


Jill Robb



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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industrial safety

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Safety education, Industrial

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Work practice

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → South Australia - Social life and customs

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Clothing, Protective

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Employees - Training of

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Occupational training

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Safety education

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Accidents - Prevention

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Clothing, Protective

History → South Australia - History

Places → South Australia

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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