Workplace Health & Safety….don’t run for cover.

Are you hiding from the new Health & Safety At Work legislation?  Face Health & Safety head on, grab it and shake it into the workplace.

There are some key things to think about when looking at what and how to implement a Health & Safety system.  At the very least there should be an overarching Health & Safety Policy which includes detail about Hazards, Accidents, Emergency Procedures, Employee Participation and Management involvement and responsibility.  Don’t forget to cover off anything else that is industry related and relevant to the business.  Such things might include roof and ladder safety, back care, safety around loud noises, safe use of machinery and safe use of hazardous chemicals.

This new Health & Safety legislation introduces the concept of a PCBU.  A PCBU is a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’.  A business or a person can be a PCBU.  It is anything or anyone who has control of health & safety risks.

I have been asked who the PCBU is when there are multiple businesses working on one site.  All businesses are.  If all businesses take responsibility on the same site then risks to Health & Safety will be greatly reduced.

The implementation of the concept of a PCBU is not just about a business or their management having sole responsibility for workplace Health & Safety – it is everybody’s responsibility.  If everyone takes responsibility then we will all be kept as safe and healthy as possible.

OurHR has easy to use Health & Safety documents, can tailor them to any workplace and will assist with their implementation.  OurHR can help businesses ensure Health & Safety is more than just about having the documentation.

Here are some questions to think about:

  • How are hazards, accidents and emergencies managed in your workplace?
  • Are your staff involved in Health & Safety?
  • Do you know what is happening on the ground and do you make use of that knowledge to inform your Health & Safety systems?

Don’t get overwhelmed by Health & Safety.  Keep it simple and make it part of your everyday practice.  Take hold of Health & Safety and face it head on…..don’t run for cover.