One of the goals of the Australian government is occupational health and safety harmonisation. The State recognises that labour is the major economic driving force of the country. Protection is the core principle of Australian labour laws. Employers, whether domestic or foreign, should comply with the standards.
It is important to keep up with the current industry practices to ensure the safety of your employees and the progress of your company.
Occupational Health and Safety Standards
As an employer, you should provide safe and healthy work premises, safe machineries and systems. Get updated with the current standards. Safety consultants can determine if you are properly complying with the current state regulations.
Install safety devices and regularly check machineries for wear and tear. Improper maintenance may result in potentially hazardous situations for your employees. Vigilance and timeliness are the key to a safe work environment.
Also, keep a record of the installation, maintenance and depreciation of your facilities and machineries. This way, you will be able to repair and replace these assets before they put your safety at risk.
Though cliché, ‘prevention is always better than cure’ holds true. A strong implementation procedures should complement the preventive measures. It is imperative that you make policies that are consistent with the current and most progressive industry practices. Confer with safety consultants to ensure that you are crafting policies that properly address potential safety concerns in the industry.
Comply with the insurance requirements imposed by the state. Providing internal compensatory systems are also recommended to add a measure of protection to your employees.
Maintaining safety and occupational health is not a one-step process. It is a continuous process that demands commitment, well researched policies and strong implementation measures. Study your business well, its potential hazards and implement policies for the protection of your workforce.