Safety should be at the top of every company’s list of critical business values.
Not only does a safety culture enhance employee moral and performance, encourage confidence from stakeholders and improve your bottom line, but it also protects your business from economic and legal pitfalls.
Common mistakes made by businesses are often due to a lack of awareness and knowledge surrounding WHS. Unidentified hazards, preventable employee injuries, insufficient documentation, changing workplace practices and overlooked regulations are just a handful of drawbacks that are costly, limit output and can threaten your business.
There are dozens of fines imposed on companies by courts across Australia. Attempting to reduce workplace safety abuse, many states have introduced fines which can be levied on-the-spot and upon inspection by workplace inspectors. These fines can run to thousands of dollars and can jeopardize everything you’ve worked for.
Protecting your business with WHS
WHS practices ensure that you, your employees and workplace are protected.
Make it a priority to invest in the education and training of you and your staff in WHS.
Ensure all employees understand regulations and their responsibilities in the workplace.
Stay up-to-date, or seek external sources to keep you updated, on industry changes and legislation.
Develop processes and procedures that are tangible, accessible and traceable.
Communicate a safety culture, embedding it in your company mission.
Accountability for WHS will also help you protect your business, with regular review of control measures allowing for long-term success.
While WHS is a legal necessity, you’ll be surprised at the benefits it provides your business. If you also see WHS as an opportunity, to maximise the employee experience, encourage growth in your business and build rapport with stakeholders, you’ll be satisfied with both short and long term benefits.