Work health and safety (WHS) is a key management responsibility for every small business. As a small business owner and operator you are responsible for:
- making your business safe
- ensuring WHS is part of your business planning.
Better WHS outcomes also improve your bottom line and help make your business more successful.
As a starting point, use this seven step guide and checklist (PDF 498kb) to consider WHS in your workplace, see how it currently rates and how it can be improved. Free printed copies can be ordered from the SafeWork SA Library and Resource Centre.
Step 3 in the guide is about the S.A.F.E. approach to managing hazards (PDF 83kb), a continuous problem-solving process aimed at defining problems, gathering information about them and solving them. This approach to identifying, assessing and controlling hazards - commonly referred to as the 'hierarchy of control' - is a good starting point for carrying out this process in your workplace.
A written WHS Policy that is simple and developed by the PCBU, in consultation with workers, goes a long way towards showing everyone's commitment to making a workplace as safe as it can be. This sample policy (RTF 115kb) can be used as a guide to develop a policy suited to your particular workplace.
Then, work through the Seven Steps for Small Business fact sheets below, which will help you identify what you need to do to make your workplace safe and outline how to go about it. The series provides a practical seven step approach to help you meet your legal obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA).
Read the Introduction (PDF 146kb) first, then use the WHS Snapshot (PDF 201kb) to determine how you rate and understand what you need to do to improve safety in your workplace. Having completed your WHS Snapshot, work through all of the seven steps to identify where and how you can improve.