How do you measure safety in the workplace?
Every worker deserves to feel safe doing their job. If a company can ensure that its workplace is safe and compliant with up-to-date OH&S regulations, it will be seen as accommodating and considerate to any staff or potential new employees. This in turn will help foster a trusting environment within the company.
As an employer, you are responsible for the health and safety of your employees while they are at work. This includes ensuring that the workplace is safe and free from potential hazards, providing adequate training on health and safety procedures, and implementing appropriate policies and procedures to minimise the risks associated with work-related injuries and illnesses.
There are a number of health and safety hazards that are common in most workplaces, such as slips, trips and falls, manual handling injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, and exposure to hazardous substances. It's important to identify these hazards in your workplace and put controls in place to minimise the risks associated with them.
Some of the key ways to ensure a safe and compliant workplace include:
Conducting regular risk assessments of the workplace and implementing controls to minimise identified risks
Providing adequate training for employees on health and safety procedures
Implementing policies and procedures that are appropriate for the workplace and that comply with relevant legislation
Monitoring the workplace regularly to ensure that hazards are controlled and that employees are following health and safety procedures
Investigating any incidents or accidents that occur in the workplace to identify any potential improvements that could be made to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future
Identify which safety concerns are most prevalent in your industry but consulting industry-specific guidelines
If you are an employer, it's important to be aware of your responsibilities under health and safety legislation. Read the legislation for Melbourne and regional Victoria at Worksafe Victoria.
Work Health and Safety Consequences
Neglecting occupational health and safety matters can lead to serious consequences. Failure to comply with health and safety legislation can result in significant fines and penalties, as well as potential prosecution. To operate a workplace that is considered safe and trustworthy, businesses need to look into whether or not they are meeting Work Health regulations and have their compliance covered. Not only can something unforeseeable happen in the workplace, but any breach of occupational health and safety regulations and codes of practice can result in fines or closure of the business.
To avoid any of these events from occurring, getting a professional to survey the workplace and provide you with solutions to safety compliance and issues is crucial. Did you also know that there are mandatory occupational health and safety reporting requirements in Australia in the case of an incident? Failing to fill out such a form can also lead to legal action taking place and penalties given to individuals and businesses.
It’s important to continually reassess your safety culture and safety performance to ensure you are keeping on top of your business’ OH&S responsibilities. You can find more information on the Safe Work Australia website.
Health and Safety WHS - Worksites & Safety
Mine sites, construction sites and other blue collar work environments have a higher risk of injury than offices. Working with heavy machinery, working at heights or in cramped or confined spaces and with dangerous equipment all pose hazards to worker safety.
It's crucial that employers take steps to minimise the risks associated with these hazards and provide employees with adequate training on how to work in these environments safely. It’s not enough to simply address safety issues as they arrive; a proactive approach should be taken to improve safety management. Occupational safety training should always be given priority and safety audits conducted, measuring performance in the area to enable continual improvements.
Mental Health in the Workplace
When talking about workplace health and safety, mental health is often overlooked. Some of the most common health issues that affect employees in a workplace include anxiety, depression and addictions such as alcohol or drugs. For workers to feel comfortable speaking up about these issues, there needs to be a supportive framework in place.
Workers should be able to access sick leave for mental illness without judgement, just as they would for a physical ailment. Workplace leaders can also implement reasonable adjustments to create an environment where work-related stress is kept to a minimum and workers feel supported. By leaders supporting and listening to their employees, and taking mental health just as seriously as physical health, this environment can become a positive one.
How TRS measure safety in the workplace
We believe in a hands-on approach to resourcing; we make an effort to visit the worksites of our clients to ensure that candidates are working within workplace health and safety guidelines and conditions. We also have our own OH&S professional that accompanies our TRS Recruitment Consultants on their visits.
At TRS Resourcing, we take work health and safety WHS, very seriously, which is why we hold multiple certifications, memberships and accreditations using only the most reputable, ethical, and industry recognised corporations. With close to 20 years of experience in the industry, one of our greatest strengths is our recruitment expertise.
We take pride in providing the best possible candidates to suit your requirements and budget; whether you're looking for a temporary fix or are seeking someone for long-term work, we have it covered. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you create a safe and trustworthy workplace.
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