The Risk of WHS Failure

by | May 19, 2015 | Employers Tips

So far this year, 56 Australian workers have been killed while at work.

Having a catastrophic event at your workplace will result in an enormous economic, social and personal toll for workers, employers and those who are affected the most – surviving families.

RISKNo one wants to plan what to do when a fatality occurs because they don’t want it to happen in the first place. However, if you are sticking your head in the sand and looking the other way when it comes to safety at work, maybe you should…

Even if you don’t have a catastrophic event, evidence indicates that WHS failures that are not catastrophic in nature can also be very costly to a business, often in the form of high workers’ compensation claims, rising insurance premiums, higher wage costs, employee turnover and low productivity.

Overwhelming evidence suggests that the impact of better WHS can support better business performance. Setting you aside as an industry leader that can demonstrate a commitment to corporate social responsibility is only one of them.

Getting WHS right is particularly challenging for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). A study shows that one of the reasons is a tendency to view WHS as a cost or a requirement that has to be complied with, rather than an investment or part of good management practice.

Another reason could be that few SME owners and managers fully understand their legal responsibilities and how to implement these in their workplace and work practices.
A good starting point is to attend the 1 hour ‘Workplace Safety Snapshot’ webinar on the 10th June (from the comfort of your own desk) and gain a clear understanding of:

  • An Employer’s responsibilities as per the Work Health & Safety Act [2011]Two dock workers in safety clothing supervising and giving instr
  • The meaning of ‘reasonably practicable’ when used to qualify duties to ensure health and safety in your workplace
  • How to prevent things from going wrong; and what your liabilities are if they do.
  • How to demonstrate ‘due diligence’

Plus – We will show you simple tools that make easy work out of managing your workplace safety risks

We encourage you to take advantage of the information that this webinar will provide – as your people are your greatest asset.

Please click here to complete the booking form and your webinar link will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Author – Mats Eriksson – Principal Safety Advisor @ Signature Staff

Signature Staff is the Cairns Chamber’s Regional Leader for all matters concerning HR, IR and WHS. Contact them on 07 4050 3888 or visit their website

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