Effective OHS policies and procedures
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
procedures in 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 procedures that a lot of the
time, sit on a desk in a corner gathering dust.
An OHS management system should 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
assessment and contractor management tools AND OHS
(workplace health and safety) policies and procedures
manuals that relate to the industry the workplace engages in.
Many online OHS management systems provide template
copies of OHS policies and procedures manuals 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
procedures manuals to suit the business.
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