How to Manage Workplace Health & Safety Risks

by | Feb 25, 2020 | Employers Tips

Despite the complexity of the Work Health & Safety Act [2011] and its regulations, the basic principle of legal compliance is fairly simple.

However, before we get into the technical side, we would like to share with you the one single, most effective action that you and your managers can take to improve health and safety.  If you do this, you and your organisation will take a massive leap towards compliance and protection from fines and prosecution.

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The single most effective action that you and your managers can take to improve health and safety in your workplace is to lead by example.

Yes, that’s right, if senior management can demonstrate commitment and genuinely promote that health and safety is critical to the daily operation of the business, your workers will too.  There are countless examples of how this one, single factor can largely effect the success OR failure of keeping a workplace safe and legally compliant.

Where to Start

As a starting point, you and your managers need to have a sound understanding of health and safety issues and the impact it has on your operation and the people involved.

Generally, this means:

  • Seek to understand your and your team’s legal responsibility and how this may affect your operation.
  • Have managers and supervisors accountable for WHS performance – Senior personnel must be involved and lead by example or failure is almost guaranteed.
  • Involve Health and Safety in all operational decisions and relevant meetings
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You will need to back your basic knowledge and commitment up with a systematic approach. This is often referred to as a “Work, Health & Safety Management System (WHSMS).

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Our professional consultants are able to give you guidance and assistance to develop and integrate a WHS Safety Management System.

Whether you need a small “out of the box” system or formal accreditation to a national standard, implementing a WHS system is a breeze with the help of structured and professional help.

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