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Simple steps to safety


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.

Simple steps to safety

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.

Follow the Simple steps to set-up a robust safety system for your workplace. Or check the safety of your business by completing our work health and safety checklist to identify which areas you may want to start with.

Word version: Work health and safety checklist

Getting started

Getting started

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.

Word version: Work health and safety policy

Talking with your team

Talking with your team

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.

Word version: Record of safety discussions

Managing hazards

Managing hazards

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.

Word version: Action plan

Word version: Hazard list and risk assessment

Informing, training and supervising

Informing, training and supervising your team

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.

Your workers will also benefit from regular training. You can use our  training plan and  training record to organise and keep track of this.

Word version: Induction checklist

Word version: Training plan

Word version: Training record

Maintaining a safe workplace

Maintaining a safe workplace

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.

Keeping records

Keeping records

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.

Word version: Hazardous substance register

Word version: Incident hazard report

Monitoring and reviewing to improve

Monitoring and reviewing to improve

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
  • electricity.

Word version: Health and safety checklist

Our free Workplace Advisory Service

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.

Further resources can be accessed from our Library catalogue.