Australian courts charged $15.5 million worth in fines across 397 cases of OHS-related proceedings in 2010-11. Whilst the government is yet to update its data, the figures show the effect of different OHS policies around the country. Nonetheless, industries still need to improve their practices in terms of workplace safety to bring this number as close to zero as possible.
The work, of course, has to begin with the management. After all, the business owners bear the responsibility over the safety of their employees. Regardless of the industry, the managers are the ones who have to take the first steps in improving workplace safety through these:
Assessing the Workplace Risks
In every company, there should be a system that identifies and assesses the hazards of the workplace. When the management is aware of what could possibly threaten the health and safety of employees, it becomes easier to take action. With the right information, managers could draft risk control strategies and contingency plans for whatever risk there is.
Informing the Workforce
From warning signs to safety take 5 program briefings, managers have to be on top of informing everyone about the workplace policies. Training courses on basic first aid and OHS work well, too. Employees have to be aware of the risks they face. The more they know, the safer they are.
Should an accident occur, managers have to know what to do. The law requires companies to manage work-related incidents. This is where proper planning comes in, as emergency strategies go a long way in this regard. Prompt reporting, investigation, and action are all essential in the case of accidents.
Documents are important in occupational health and safety. Records of hazard and risk assessments, control procedures, and maintenance schedules are part of the management’s responsibility. It is important for managers to collect these data and organise them properly.
Improving Workplace Policies
All plans have a flaw – sometimes, flaws. Therefore, it is the manager’s job to monitor if current OHS policies work efficiently. Experts advise reviewing the policies on a regular basis to improve the rules in the workplace. In the end, it’s all for the benefit and safety of the employees.
These are the roles managers have to fulfil when it comes to OHS. If all managers in the country observe these roles, the number of workplace accidents and legal proceedings will surely drop.