Having a Safe Working Environment is significant to the success of your business.
Safe working environments create a positive safety culture, and assists businesses in retaining staff and boosting productivity.
Yes – there may be a cost to implement safe practices and install safety equipment, but the effect of not taking actions can be severe.
A PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) has the responsibility for Work Health and Safety (WHS) in the workplace. As a business owner you need to ensure that your business minimises potential health and safety problems for your employees, customers or the public.
What are your WHS obligations?
Under WHS legislation you are obliged to provide:
- Safe premises
- Safe machinery and materials
- Safe systems of work
- Information, instruction, training and supervision
- A suitable working environment and facilities.
A knowledge and understanding the WHS laws, previously known as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), will assist you avoid unnecessary costs and damage to your business undertaking caused by workplace injury and illness. It will also provide your business with a strong foundation to achieve long-term success.
If you want to reduce health and safety hazards in your workplace but don’t know where to begin, WHS Consulting Hunter can assist you with the necessary steps that will allow you to concentrate your efforts as well as help your business needs.
WHS shouldn’t be seen as an additional cost – it’s better to deal with health and safety issues before they escalate.
If you’re looking for assistance with WHS/OH&S requirements specific to your industry, please contact WHS Consulting Hunter for advice on how to incorporate safety management into your business operations.