South Australia’s WHS laws took effect on 1 January 2013. As a small business operator you are responsible for:
Better WHS outcomes also improve your bottom line and help make your business more successful. Visit adelaideohs.com.au to find out more information about:
Use the following seven step guide and check list to consider WHS and see how workplace safety can be improved.
A written policy that is simple and developed by the business owner, in consultation with the workers, will go a long way to achieving this. A policy should:
Consultation can occur through WHS committees, meetings or toolbox talks. General WHS information can be delivered through briefings, noticeboards, emails or newsletters.
A good starting point is the S A F E approach to hazard management.
Spot the hazard – find anything that could cause injury, illness or damage.
Assess the risk – determine the likelihood that a hazard may cause an injury, illness or death.
Fix it Early – prevention is the key. Take action to fix identified risks by trying to eliminate the hazard first or, if this is not possible, find ways to minimise it. Make sure that control measures you use to reduce the risk do not create new hazards or increase the risk of existing ones.
Finding safety solutions can be as simple as asking your workers for their ideas, looking at information available from designers or manufacturers, getting help from an association or groups related to your industry, or considering relevant Codes of Practice or Australian Standards.
Inform and train your workers about particular job hazards and the workplace more generally as well as the safe work procedures you use to manage hazards in your business. Make sure that new workers are correctly inducted and supervised.
You will need to keep the following records:
Managing WHS is an ongoing process. Be aware that your safety processes, operations and workers may change over time and so can the risks. After you have established your WHS management system you should regularly review and make any necessary adjustments to keep it up to date.