If you’re responsible for a business, you will need to create a safe working environment and maintain it. This is a crucial part of management because protecting the health and welfare of workers by providing a safe working environment and system of work is part of workplace health and safety requirements. It will also ensure the business runs smoothly and efficiently.
Employers also need to ensure that workers are aware of the health and safety procedures in place. Employees have a responsibility to abide by the rules and safety measures set out and work in a way that does not put themselves or others at risk.
So what should Management do?
A recent post on BusinessComputingWorld.co.uk offered a few tips. While Australian health and safety regulations may differ from the UK’s, we can also put these into practice,
1.Develop a safety plan established upon health and safety regulations.
A manager needs to know the risks present in the workplace in order to minimise their harm or eliminate them.Once the hazards are known, a plan can be developed to make the workplace safer.
Once the safety plan has been drawn up, it needs to be shared with employees. They also need to have the tools in place to execute this plan, including having first aid kits on hand in case something goes wrong.
2. Examine the Workplace
Have a team in place to look at the workplace and identify hazards and risks. They also need to review these measures regularly,
You do not have to inspect the work site by yourself, you should have a team of specialists who know what the equipment and tools state should be. It is important to have regular checks, because even an out of date computer can lead to an accident, and can hurt the person who is using it. Or it can cause a fire, and in this case multiple persons could be hurt. Regular inspections will show if there are any risks posed by the equipment you and your employees use. Safety specialists can also examine the areas where people have access in case your clients come on site and they can inspect the work procedures.
3. Focus on Investigating Health Accidents Related to Work
The writer suggests investigating past accidents, incidents and health issues experienced by the people in the workplace. Determine whether health issues are related to the workplace and investigate near misses, to determine if there are any areas that need to be addressed.
4. Ensure Employees Are Properly Trained
Ensure employees have been properly trained. In the construction industry this includes general construction induction training, site specific training and any high risk training that may be needed.
General construction induction training is mandatory in Australia, to teach workers how to work safely in the construction industry. This training can be completed quickly and conveniently online from wherever you are. Once complete, the White Card accreditation gained is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia without having to repeat the training.
5. Help Employees Manage Their Rehabilitation
No matter how committed to safety you are, sometimes an accident can still happen. In this case its crucial that you help employees manage their rehabilitation.
This step should be part of any safety plan, because it shows your employees that you support them in case they suffer an injury or accident when working. You will have to work with the employee who faces health issues happened at their workplace, because it is in your interest they to come back at work. Even if the employees experience a health issue because of an outside the work factor, you should still support them, because it will help them recover faster. When an employee experiences work related health issues you should have a plan on how their duties will be relocated.