How to Make Work Health and Safety a Priority in Your Workplace
Updated: Nov 24, 2021
Work, health and safety should be a priority for all business owners. By making WHS a priority in your organisation, you will create a happy and healthy workplace for the future, as well as protect your business by adhering to regulations and legislation.
As October is Work Health and Safety month, now is the time to monitor, review and improve your WHS management system and plans. SafeWork Australia is asking workers and employers across Australia to commit to providing safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.
This October, they are asking business owners and leaders to think safe, work safe and be safe by implementing the correct policies and procedures in your workplace. Here are some things we recommend to ensure you have a safer workplace.
1. Review your Safety Management System
All businesses have a safety management system, whether it is written down or not. This safety management system should articulate the scope of your system and the core processes that support your safe workplace.
2. Train Employees
Knowledge is key when it comes to health and safety. Knowing the correct procedures, what you can and can’t do, and how to keep yourself and everyone around you as safe as possible. It is also a core element of WHS compliance that will assist your business in demonstrating that workers have received adequate training and instructions to perform their roles.
3. Designate a health and safety officer
When it comes to safety, it may be beneficial to appoint a designated resource to oversee and manage all WHS policies, procedures and ongoing training in your workplace. Doing this will eliminate confusion around rules and regulations and give your team a sense of confidence as they will know who to approach with questions or concerns. Depending on your industry, this may be Human Resources, but providing a clear Safety Officer is a great way to encourage staff participation in their safety at work.
4. Create a Safety Inspection Schedule
Once you have your safety management system, it’s important to regularly monitor, review, and improve the plan. This is best done with a schedule of different items that need to be inspected or audited, the frequency, and who will be conducting the inspections. From there, you can create checklists to support these inspections and audits. Your plan must be flexible, reviewed regularly, and adaptable to mitigate risk.
5. Ensure your team are safe
It’s important to provide your employees with safe systems of work, any personal protective equipment they need and have procedures in place to ensure work does not take place without the correct equipment.
By providing the necessary resources and equipment, you are ensuring your team takes care of their health and safety and the health and safety of others.
6. Incorporate safety into your values
While policies and procedures are good, how are you going to ensure it makes a difference in your business culture? Whether you make sure, your staff members have time for safety, prioritise safety, and demonstrate safety in their everyday work. By incorporating safety in your company values, you are demonstrating to your employees the whole business makes their safety a priority.
Creating, monitoring and continuously improving a work health and safety plan can feel like a daunting task. However, there are things you can do to feel in control of the process and take active steps to a more safety-conscious workplace.
The Epiphany Group can help you develop a health and safety plan bespoke to your business and in line with your industry’s requirements. Speak to us today about how we can assist with your business systems. Find out more.