Keeping your workers safe is an integral part of running a successful
If employers - known under the new national model work health and safety
laws as 'PCBUs' -don't provide a safe working environment there are serious
consequences, possibly the least of which are penalty notices, imposed by
the relevant state WorkCover authority.
Workplace incidents cost time and money - a loss in productivity,
re-training of workers, increases in workers compensation premiums and loss
of business that may stem from a poor record and reputation to workplace
health and safety potentially dwarf any fine that may be imposed for a
perceived 'at fault' workplace incident.
Putting an effective and integrated OHS management system-
one that includes working OHS policies and proceduresin
place minimises the likelihood of an incident, where worker engagement
creates a 'buy in' of workplace health and safety.
Many paper based 'OHS management systems'are simply a set
of OHS policies and proceduresthat a lot of the time, sit
on a desk in a corner gathering dust.
An OHS management systemshould almost certainly be online
and engage the user when necessary to make a more concerted, systemised
approach to OHS a much easier proposition.
The system should include risk registers, workplace inspections, risk
assessments and contractor management tools AND
OHS(workplace health and safety) policy and
proceduremanuals that relate to the industry of the workplace.
Many online OHS management systemsprovide template copies
of OHS policy and proceduremanuals and some even provide
separate templates to suit particular industries.
A workplace should also check with their industry association and
respective state WorkCover authority to source relevant codes of practice
and guidance documents to shape the OHS policy and
proceduresmanuals to suit the business.
The good news is that Work
Safety Interactive is the most complete, easy to use and cost effective
online OHS management system on the market. The standard version of the
system can be implemented tomorrow. Click here
to get started.