Employers are required by law to provide a safe and risk free environment for their employees. It should start with proper supervision, training, and information provided to your employees so that they can perform their work in a safe manner.
Training should provide employees and their supervisors with an understanding of:
- Health and safety legal responsibilities
- The nature of the hazards in the workplace
- The process of hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
- The arrangements for reporting
- Circumstances likely to cause hazards
- The reasons for, and safe use of, the risk control measures within the workplace
- Safe work practices.
Employers are also required to keep information and records relating to the health and safety of employees. These include
records for legal requirements – e.g. injury reports
Records of hazard identification,
risk assessment and risk control.
Review of health and safety polices, practices and procedures enables an organisation to determine whether their health and safety management activities are effective.
Policies, procedures, and control measures, require reviewing over time to ensure that their objectives (identify, minimise, eliminate, hazards and the risk of injuries and illness associated with the workplace) are being achieved.
Why is Health and Safety Risk Management important to an organisation?
There is a legal obligation to provide a healthy and safe workplace. In addition, effective management of health and safety hazards makes good business sense.
It can lead to reduced costs, increased productivity, higher morale and better employee relations.
Employers have a duty of care to provide a healthy and safe working environment under Occupational Health and Safety legislation and common law.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (OHS Act) states that
’employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to protect the health and safety at work of the employer’s employees’ –
-Section 16;(1) of the OHS Act.
Employers should ensure that all managers, supervisors and employees are aware of their occupational health and safety responsibilities. This should be done through consultation, documenting responsibilities, and ensuring there are processes in place to hold people accountable for occupational health and safety performance.
Employees also have obligations under Section 21 of the OHS Act.
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