Working in confined spaces increases health and safety risks. These spaces simply aren’t designed to be occupied by people. Dangers of these high-risk work environments range from minor discomfort to serious injury or death. The hazards of working in cramped spaces are not always immediately apparent and may change in the same space from one
Demolition work is a high-risk undertaking, and making sure it’s carried out as safely as possible is critical to protect everyone involved in the process. Demolition calls for meticulous planning, detailed risk evaluation to identify potential hazards, and rigorous control measures to eliminate or minimise dangers. Demolition work is also subject to a raft of
Employers are legally obliged to maintain a safe work environment by identifying hazards, assessing the risk those hazards create, and then eliminating or minimising the risks as far as practicable. Work health and safety (WHS) – formerly called occupational health and safety (OHS) – is aimed at controlling risks to keep everyone in the workplace
Operating a business comes with its fair share of challenges and opportunities. As we have been so tragically reminded in the past few years, bushfire risk is a very real threat to our homes and businesses. While most people prepare on making their household ready, it is likewise important to get your business prepared for
Having a work health and safety consultant can minimise hazards and assist with safety in the workplace. Consultants can review existing work and healthy business plans and policies. They can also create and implement new policies for the business to assist in meeting the standards required by law. Besides improving the safety standards in the
Improved employee retention, less downtime for workers, fewer occupational health costs, satisfaction and productivity of employees, and reductions of retraining time are only a few reasons why WHS is so important for businesses. As a business owner/operator, you should always keep the safety of your employees pretty close to the top of your priority list.
First aid is a vital component of work health and safety (WHS) at the workplace. If you are running a business , make sure you are familiar with the relevant legislation about workplace first aid. Heaven forbid but when an accident happens in your workspace, be sure you have materials and expertise during such
One of the main duties of a business owner is to keep the work premises safe and healthy. A safe and healthy workplace can motivate workers to do their job more productively. According to the WHS Code of Practice, an organisation shall have a unique system that reflects their safety business management, specifically in
Hazards and Safety in Construction Construction sites are busy places. Many contractors work side-by-side and heavy vehicles come and go. In this environment consultation, cooperation and coordination are essential to ensure the health and safety of everyone on site. They are also a requirement for businesses under the WHS Act. Construction work: Definition Construction work
As with all business operations, if you happen to have a warehouse, you must ensure you are aware of, and comply with your legal obligations. The warehousing sector includes the operation of supply chain and storage facilities. Some examples are as follows: Wool storage service Refrigerated storage service Furniture storage service Free store operation Controlled
Keeping a workplace safe is a lofty goal that should be strived for by all enterprises. It doesn’t matter what size or what type of a business you have. Keeping your business compliant to all health and safety guidelines will go a long way in creating a better business. Making your business WHS compliant is
Introduction In South Australia, work health and safety (WHS) are a prime concern. While the common goal of businesses is profitability, the drive to make the workplace safe must never be neglected as manpower is a vital asset to your company. The government has its laws in place to enforce WHS in business premises. That
Introduction As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), you have the responsibility to ensure that safety is at the forefront of your business. A well-established and implemented work safety practice will not only protect your workers but will help you save unnecessary costs associated with workplace injuries or illnesses. But what are the
7 Steps to Ensuring Your Business is OHS Compliant Safety at work should be the number one policy that business owners should impose. Regulation has been one of the things many business owners sigh over as they can increase costs and decrease efficiency, all the while being mandatory. One of the many regulations that businesses
Every business and organisation is responsible for protecting the health and safety of their people, especially on the field. If you don’t pay attention to your people’s safety needs in the workplace, you might face trouble that will put your business at risk. That is why the Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation requires
Covid-19 Business Safety Obligations In the past few months, businesses have gone from anxiety state to total lockdown as governments have been trying to contain the spread of coronavirus. New cases are reported daily globally as well as deaths from this epidemic. As much as the solution to this disease is social distancing and isolation,
Are you managing a small business in Adelaide and need workplace (WHS) and occupational health and safety (OHS) mechanisms for your workplace? Or have you just established your own business and must receive relevant certification to attract clientele and employees? If so, “WHS matters” is where your needs and requirements will be met. We are
As an entrepreneur in South Australia, you have many different legal responsibilities. Foremost, you must manage the safety of your employees, establishments, and workplaces. To do this, you must be knowledgeable about the safety requirements that apply to your location and business type. For SMB owners like yourself, it can be hard to adapt to
On the 1st of January 2013, the latest South Australian Work Health and Safety Legislation was released. It is comprised of: The WHS Act (Work Health and Safety Act 2012) The WHS Regulations (Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012) The new legislation replaced the OHS Act or Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986. It’s
A Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) consultant can be a very helpful asset to any company. WHS consultants work on health and safety standards in any kind of workplace, improving the overall health and safety of the organisation from top to bottom. With the increasing diversity and competition among industries, companies need to use every
Workplace Xmas Safety Tips Here are a few reasons for the increase in injuries over the festive period. They include things like: staff working longer hours to finish off jobs, increasing the chance of fatigue and accidents; to cope with the increase in trading activity and extended trading hours, temporary staff or school leavers are
Essential WHS Knowledge for South Australian Businesses and Organisations Every business and organisation is responsible for protecting the health and safety of their people. If you don’t pay attention to your people’s safety needs in the workplace, you might face trouble that will put your business at risk. That is why the Work Health
Consulting with Workers Why is consultation important? Consultation is a legal requirement and an essential part of managing health and safety risks. Managing Risks: Consultation is required when identifying hazards, assessing risks and deciding on measures to eliminate or minimise those risks. In deciding how to eliminate or minimise risks, you must consult with your
Since 2000, around 120 Australians have died as a result of DIY car maintenance accidents. And hundreds more have been hospitalised due to injuries. Take extra care when repairing vehicles. http://ow.ly/gKh650v2ocG Source – SafeWork SA
There are legal requirements. If your forklift has a seatbelt – make sure you wear it..!
Fulfilling WHS / OHS policy, objectives and targets An organisation should plan to fulfill its WHS / OHS policy, objectives and targets. Like all good things, taking your time to properly plan out your policies and procedures will save you a great deal of stress down the road.
When did you last review your WHS / OHS systems..? Every business should be reviewing their systems regularly. This allows you to see which policies and procedures that you have put into place are working, which need improvement and which need a complete overhaul.
Knowing your WHS / OHS Legal Responsibilities Every organisation and business is bound by legal responsibilities that they are obligated to follow. Neglecting these responsibilities could result in your business being shut down along with other legal consequences. Don’t trust just any company with something this serious. Trust the company that understands your legal responsibilities
Updated Codes of Practice…! Codes of Practice need to be followed ~ unless you have an alternative policy or solution with the same or a better health and safety standard in your workplace. Are you aware of the updates to the Codes of Practice that were implemented in March (2019)…? The 9 that
With Australian summers being well known for having days of extreme heat, its imperetive that PCBU’s manage risks associated with heat stress and solar UV radiation in the workplace. Each workplace environment is different, and the employer must manage any risks, in consultation with their workers. Employers (duty holders) have a duty of care to
Work-related injury fatalities by state/territory, 2017 Sadly there was a total of 191 fatalities (1.6 per 100,000 workers) For further information, visit www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au Data sourced from – www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au
Once you have Identified a Hazard / Risk, then you need to Assess it… Assessing the Risks Assessing risk involves considering what could happen if someone is exposed to a hazard and the likelihood of it happening. Carrying out a risk assessment can help you evaluate the potential risks that may be involved in an
Benefits of Risk Management Not only is managing risks a legal requirement but it also helps businesses to: prevent and reduce the number and severity of workplace injuries, illnesses and associated costs promote worker health, wellbeing and capacity to work foster innovation, quality and efficiency through continuous improvement.
Identify Hazards Identifying hazards in the workplace involves finding things and situations that could potentially cause harm to people. Hazards generally arise from the following aspects of work and their interaction, including: physical work environment equipment, materials and substances used work tasks and how they are performed work design and management. Some hazards are part
The hierarchy of risk control The ways of controlling risks are ranked from the highest level of protection and reliability to the lowest. This ranking is known as the hierarchy of risk control. The WHS Regulations require duty holders to work through this hierarchy when managing health and safety risks.
Forklifts and Your Legal Obligations Legal Obligations: If you have or operate forklifts at your workplace there are certain legal requirements you MUST adhere to. Requirements: All operators must hold a valid high risk license for forklift operation as well as required and timely maintenance, records kept, pre-start checks and operating procedures must be in
Agricultural Workplace Stats ???????? Interesting stats ???????? In SA 4.5% of the total workforce work in agriculture…. However almost 19% of workplace deaths occur on farms (Source: SafeWork SA) Handy information ???? Farmers guidebook https://www.safework.sa.gov.au
Notifiable Incidents – The below outlines the requirements for statutory reporting of notifiable work-related injuries and dangerous occurrence, a mandatory requirement under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 What is a Notifiable Incident..? A notifiable incident means: The death of a person; or A serious injury or illness of a person; or A dangerous incident.
Legal Obligations and Responsibilites – WHS / OHS Did you know, as a business owner you have legal responsibilities…? You need to implement health and safety practices in your workplace as soon as you start your business…? You also need to ensure that your business doesn’t create health and safety problems for: Your employees, contractors,
Statistics on workplace Disease and Injuries 107,355 serious claims lodged in the 2014-15 financial year 90% of serious claims were due to injuries and musculoskeletal disorders With the most common being traumatic joint / ligament and muscle / tendon injuries (almost 45%). 10% of serious claims were due to diseases with the most common mental
Who is an Officer…? An Officer is a person who makes, or helps make, decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of a business or undertaking. A person is also an Officer if they have the capacity to significantly affect the financial standing of the organisation. Officers of a PCBU have a specific
PENALTIES AT A GLANCE – Prevention is better than cure There are 3 categories of criminal offence penalties, as per the WHS Act, which apply for breaches of work health and safety duties: Penalties – Category 1 Firstly, this category covers reckless conduct that exposes an individual to a risk of death, serious injury or illness
Who is a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU)…? A PCBU can be an employer, sole trader, corporation, association, partnership local government (council), state or commonwealth government, certain volunteer organisations, or the trustee of a trust. Also a self-employed person is a PCBU, and must ensure his or her own health and safety while at
Reasonably Practicable What is reasonably practicable in ensuring health and safety…? In the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), ‘Reasonably Practicable’, in relation to a duty to ensure health and safety, means: That which is or was reasonably able to be done in relation to ensuring health and safety Accordingly, this must take into