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Work health and safety (WHS) is a key management responsibility for every business. As a 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, follow our simple steps to consider WHS in your workplace and how it can be improved. Free printed copies can be ordered from our Customer Service Centre.

A written WHS Policy that's simple and developed by you, in consultation with your workers, goes a long way towards fostering everyone's commitment to making your workplace as safe as it can be.


SafeWork SA Catalogue

Further resources can be accessed from SafeWork SA's Library catalogue

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Getting started

Successful safety cultures are led from the top, where your actions and attitudes send a message to the people who work in your business that you are serious about their health and safety.

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.

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Talking with your team

Business owners must consult about health and safety issues with the people who work for them.

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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.

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Informing, training and supervising

Training, including workplace inductions, is one of the best ways to ensure that the people in your business are safe while at work.

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Maintaining a safe workplace

Maintaining a safe workplace is everyone's responsibility.

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Keeping records

Recording your work health and safety activities helps you monitor the performance of your business and meet your legal requirements.

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Monitoring and reviewing to improve

Managing and improving health and safety needs to be an ongoing process.