1st February, 2018
Find out what you need to know about Occupational Health and Safety in the time that it takes to buy movie tickets.
In the time it takes to buy movie tickets and decide whether you’d prefer a chocolate or vanilla choc-top, this article will help you understand occupational health and safety.
No need for popcorn – this will only take about three minutes to read.
As a small business owner, you’ll find yourself confronted with a variety of acronyms. So, what do you need to know about Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)?
OHS, which is sometimes referred to as WHS (Workplace Health and Safety), involves the assessment of potential risks in the workplace. It also involves putting measures in place to keep your employees safe at work.
It’s important to remember that as an employer, you have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for your employees. That’s where OHS comes in.
OHS standards are built on policies developed by Safe Work Australia on behalf of the government. These policies often go through Federal and State Government to become law.
As laws vary across the country, each state also has their own SafeWork or Worksafe body. These organisations inform OHS policy at a state level, as well as communicate OHS changes to the community.
These bodies make sure that businesses are kept up to date with the safest work practices, so that Australian workplaces can be as safe as possible.
Under Australian OHS legislation, businesses are legally obliged to:
Creating a safe work environment can also have lots of benefits for your business. Some of them might include:
As OHS standards are based around different business activities and how risky they are for workers or the environment, OHS requirements will vary from industry to industry. You’ll also find that your OHS responsibilities could change as new policies come into place.
As an employer, one of the best things you can do to keep on top of all this is staying up to date with changes in OHS policy on the Safe Work Australia website.
If you take three things away from this post, they should be:
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