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At the time of writing (May 2023), 36 Australians have been killed at work this year. Please don’t let this happen at your workplace.
Many small business owners in Australia are overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork and WHS writing necessary to show compliance with Work Health and Safety (WHS) and Electrical Safety (ES) laws.
Compliance with WHS and ES laws must be documented and updated at regular intervals, and many small business owners lack the technical writing skills and practical WHS experience to do this correctly.
Does you business have the skills in-house to implement and properly document:
Even if you do know how to carry out a WHS compliance audit to identify all the safety hazards at your workplace — then put in place measures to reduce the risk — do you even have the time?
If you are in that precarious first few years of business (where you are literally doing everything yourself), the thought of all that WHS writing can cause you a great deal of stress. Alternately if your business has experienced rapid growth, your risk management measures may no longer be adequate.
You may not realise that small business accounts for more than 95% of all Australian businesses, and are responsible for the WHS of around 4.8 million workers. As an employer your level of responsibility is exactly the same whether you have 1 or 500 employees.
Whether your workplace is a manufacturing plant or a team of bookkeepers you must provide a safe working environment, where all risks to health and safety have been properly identified, monitored, and controlled.
At the same time you must look after the safety of your people when they are working — you do this by:-
Workplace bullying and harassment requires a special mention here because it occurs in all types of workplaces (even small ones) and is a direct threat to a person’s health and safety. It is also illegal.
Workplace bullying and harassment can adversely affect the psychological and physical health of your workers — and you must have documented measures in place to stop it from happening.
As a former Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHSO) and HR Manager I have real-world experience developing, writing, and implementing safety audits and risk management plans that address all areas of WHS compliance, including:
Developing safe work procedures, WHS policies, and Risk Management Plans are all important steps in WHS compliance, but it is important to remember that writing WHS documents alone does not extinguish your WHS obligations. They will only be effective when supported by a safe physical work environment, engineering controls that meet Australian Safety Standards (eg, PPE, chemical safety cabinets, fire protection systems), proper supervision, and regular training.
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