Find out what you need to do to be compliant under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015
Understanding what needs to be done to manage health and safety can seem complicated. Many people find it overwhelming and don’t know where to start. However, risk management is actually simple, practical and will add value to a business, not cost. It is all about protecting your people and your business.
OnSide has developed an 8-step series that lays out exactly what needs to be done to build a robust risk management system that focuses on critical risks and aligns with a recognised safety standard (AS/NZS 4801:2001). The series is free of jargon and complexity and focuses on simplicity and practicality in short manageable steps designed to be completed quickly.
Most business are already taking steps to manage risk in many different areas e.g. financial (budgets), climate (irrigation, supplementary feed), exchange rate (hedging), staff (employment agreements) and other unforeseen situations (insurance). Therefore, it is logical to have a system in place to manage risks that could kill or injure someone. If someone gets hurt on your property, it will cost you time, head space, and will always affect your bottom line.
What does the legislation require?
The Health and Safety at work Act 2015 states:
“Section 36 Primary duty of care
(1) A person conducting a business or an undertaking (PCBU) must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of—
(a) workers who work for the PCBU, while the workers are at work in the business or undertaking; and
(b) workers whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the PCBU, while the workers are carrying out the work.
(2) A PCBU must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.” Part of this ‘primary duty of care’ is: “the provision and maintenance of safe systems of work”.
What does all this mean?
It means businesses need some type of system in place to ensure risks are managed and work can be done safely.
There are many systems out there. Most of these are paper based and can be hundreds of pages long. If people read and followed them they would be quite robust. The problem is, most people don’t read or follow them - there are just not enough hours in a day. Also, if something goes seriously wrong, it won’t matter how many pages your safety system has, it’s likely a prosecution will follow.
The one sure way to avoid prosecution is to ensure no one gets seriously hurt in your business. The best way to do this is by properly managing your critical risks. These are risks that could kill or leave someone with a life changing injury.
The OnSide 8-step series will guide you through the 8 critical components of a safety system to ensure you meet your ‘primary duty of care’. These components include:
- Being committed to risk management
- Managing hazards and risks
- Managing incidents
- Managing visitors and contractors
- Getting ready for an emergency
- Knowing your responsibilities
- Training your team
- Setting a risk management plan
Each step includes a how-to-guide along with any other resources required. The how-to-guides are short, to the point and have a strong emphasis on how to use OnSides award winning software to make the process simple, effective and efficient. Each step takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete and by the end of the series you will have a system that is integrated with your operations and is easy to maintain.
Remember, whatever system you use, managing critical risks is the most important thing. Most properties have 7 or 8. If you can identify and control these, you will have taken a big step towards protecting your people and your business.