INEFFECTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS CAN LEAD TO SAFETY BREACHES OF $3 MILLION & 5 YEARS
Businesses that do not have an operational specific safety systems are liable in the event of a work health and safety breach of up to $3 million and 5 years imprisonment. This includes business which:
- Do not have any safety or health documentation;
- Have copied a system and replaced the logo;
- Have purchased an off-the-shelf safety system or safety documentation; or
- Have inherited a system based on old legislation and standards.
TRIPLE A SAFETY SPECIALISTS:
Triple A specialise in the development of business specific safety management systems. All consultants are experienced and qualified to facilitate the development of a tailored system to meet your business risks and industry legislation / standards.
BASELINE RISK ASSESSMENT
The benefits of undertaking a baseline risk assessment:
- Demonstrates a risk based approach is utilised in the business;
- Identifies safety, health, environment and quality risks;
- Identifies compliance risks;
- Provides indirect risk management training to managers and senior workers involved;
- Provides the framework for a safety management system (what documents need to be developed); and
- Identifies what actions need to be taken to improve safety.
SAFETY SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT
Safety management systems are developed to your business needs and may include a range of different types of documents for different applications, this includes:
- Management Plans or Standards;
- Standard Operating Procedures (SOP);
- Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS); or
- Safe Work Procedures / Instructions (SWP / SWI).
NSW business liable for $1.5 million after safety incident
After an incident involving a worker suffering a serious head injury, the NSW business is subject to Work Health and Safety (WHS) penalties after failure in its primary duty of care. This failure included the ineffective development and implementation of a safe work method statement (SWMS).
The outcome identifies that the need for SWMS, standard operating procedure (SOP), job safety analysis (JSA) and policies being implemented to demonstrate your organisation is discharging its obligations under WHS laws. However, it must be noted their existence will offer almost no protection if they have not been drafted carefully, clearly and by someone who is qualified to assess the risks and suitable control measures.
Furthermore, it is imperative that the workforce be visibly trained in those safety systems and documents which apply to them undertaking their work safely. This includes any changes or updates to those systems and documents.
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