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Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) is the term used to describe the steps taken to protect workers, customers/clients, contractors, visitors, volunteers, or any other people associated with your business premises, workplaces, or services. Prior to WHS, this was known as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), WHS involves continually assessing a physical business location or their practices and standards to ensure that everything complies to a number of standards, obligations set and policies.
• Providing a safe working environment to all
• Mitigating security risks
• Promote safety and control risks
• Promote a safety culture and ensure all workers are aware of their own workplace health and safety obligations
• Maintain safe facilities, machinery, and materials — provide and promote safety procedures
• Ensure goods and substances are used and handled safely
• Maintain a safe and suitable working environment
• Guarantee that insurance and worker’s compensation policies are kept up to date and relevant
Your WHS obligations will vary based on the industry or environment you work in, it’s always important to seek independent advice on this prior to implementing WHS systems. While some requirements regarding compliance with WHS standards may – at times – seem costly to implement, there are many benefits to keeping your workplace and work practices safe.
These benefits include:
• A minimized risk of injury or illness in the workplace
• Reduction in public liability claims
• Lower cost of worker’s compensation
• Higher staff retention
• Increase worker productivity
• A decrease in loss from security concerns
Business owners are legally obliged to ensure their business complies with national standards and to mitigate any risks. Heavy penalties are put in place if this is not met. Because of this, it’s very important to become familiar with your obligations as soon as you begin your business so that you’re not breaking the law or exposing yourself to injuries/harm or incidents towards others, property/equipment/asset damage, and/or other associated costs.
The WHS legislation that applies to your business is enforced by Safe Work Australia and the WHS authorities in your state or territory. You can find contact information for your state or territory regulator websites; i.e Safe Work Australia.
These organizations are able to advise you on WHS regulations and legislature, guidance on a safe workplace, provide licensing and education/training to you and your employees. Educate yourself on the industry-specific information around WHS standards.
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By Donesafe at Donesafe.com