Just 5 Steps to Safety
Follow these simple 5 steps to check and improve the way you manage health and safety in the workplace
Know your responsibilities
Develop a Health and Safety Policy to show your commitment to a safe workplace. Make sure you identify what management will do and what your expectations of workers is, and remember under the new legislation (link) other people are responsible too, (such as delivery persons, contractors, visitors and customers, also have health and safety duties). Take care of your share of the responsibility that you can control.
Involve your workers
Talk to your workers and set up ways for them to be involved and contribute to decisions that may affect health and safety in the workplace.
Inform workers about hazards in their job and workplace as well as the requirements for health and safety in your business. Safe work procedures can be used as a training tool.
Ensure new workers are properly supervised and trained. Maintain records of skill competencies.
Identify, Assess and Control hazards
Find all the things that could cause harm to people at or near your workplace. Determine how serious these hazards are. Don’t wait for someone to have an accident or become ill.
Take action to fix the health and safety problems by finding ways to get rid of the hazards, or find ways to keep people safe from them.
Plan to respond effectively to emergencies and reduce the impact of an incident/injury if it occurs.
Record, Review, Revise and Improve
Keep records of your health and safety activities so that you can monitor and review the health and safety performance of your business. The tools provided in this kit make it easy for you to start your record keeping system. Check what health and safety processes you already have in place. Review the steps you have taken to manage health and safety in your workplace. Improve and adjust your program to address any business or legislative changes.