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Business owners (PCBUs) are responsible for the health and safety of their workers, as far as reasonably practical, as well as the health and safety of visitors, the public and your customers.
Our Simple steps to safety guide, with helpful templates and checklists, assists small businesses to include WHS as part of their business planning. By following these simple steps you can create a positive work health and safety culture that contributes to the safety of your business.
To take a pulse check of safety in your business complete our quick work health and safety checklist to identify which areas you may want to start with. Or follow the Simple Steps to set-up a robust safety system for your workplace.
Successful safety cultures are led from the top, where your actions and attitudes send a message to your workers that you are serious about their health and safety.
Use our one page template to create a work health and safety policy that shows your commitment.
Effective safety management in a workplace requires an involvement from everyone to make it safe. To do this successfully, people need to understand their responsibilities and how they can meet them.
If you are serious about WHS then you need to lead by example. You also need the support of your workers and you can do this by involving them in spotting and solving WHS concerns.
Effective consultation encourages greater awareness of issues and can lead to improved safety outcomes. This includes concerns about your workers wellbeing, because mental health is as important as physical health.
Follow up on your workers suggestions and make improvements with a record of safety discussions.
Part of managing health and safety in your workplace is controlling the risks. In order to do this you will need to accurately identify potential hazards.
Follow our Simple Steps guide to develop an action plan that is easy to use and relevant to your workplace and your workers. The action plan will identify, based on the risk, what order you should focus. You can use this hazard list and risk assessment to help you work out how urgently you should make changes.
Training, including workplace inductions, is one of the best ways to ensure that the people in your business are safe while at work. Use our induction checklist to ensure you’re workers understand their work environment, their job expectations and employment conditions.
To maintain a safe workplace it is everyone’s responsibility. Regular communications between management and staff are crucial to keeping WHS top of mind in your workplace. Add WHS as an item to your regular meetings so staff feel comfortable bringing up any issues as they arise.
Written accounts of your work health and safety activities, near misses and incidents are important records for your business. To make sure that you haven’t missed anything keep checklists and registers such as hazardous substance register and incident hazard report.
Managing and improving health and safety needs to be ongoing. You can use this detailed health and safety checklist to test the safety of:
- manual tasks
- equipment, machinery and tools
- moving around
- chemicals and other hazardous substances
For assistance with work health and safety in your business you can request a free visit from our Workplace Advisory Service. A WHS advisor will work with you to provide tailored face-to-face support and practical advice based on your workplace's industry, size, risk and complexity.