A recent workplace fatality has sparked major concerns over the health and safety management systems in high-risk work environments.
Men in Australia are three times more likely than women to commit suicide, and in many cases, they have no history of ever being diagnosed with a mental illness. This suggests that many men still suffer with depression in silence and need to be encouraged to speak up. Men’s mental health week kicks off from… Continue reading Men’s Mental Health Week a good opportunity for workplaces to join in the conversation
Last week I received a call from a CEO overseas who had slipped into a very dark place. He had acknowledged that his levels of anxiety were “out of control”: sliding relationships at home; constantly thinking about work problems; poor sleep patterns; negative thinking about work colleagues; poor diet and a growing reliance on alcohol.… Continue reading Anxiety in the workplace is estimated to cost businesses up to 100,000 hours of lost time
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” So goes the saying. Most indoor workers gaze wistfully out of the window on fine days but are happy to stay at their desks when the rain teems down. Outdoor workers have to make the best of all weathers, and suitable clothing (and other equipment)… Continue reading Exposed to the elements: protecting your body when working outdoors
Although workplace health and safety initiatives have seen the average Australian workplace become safer in recent years, injuries on the job still cost the economy $60 billion each year. That figure alone may be astounding, but for employees injured in their line of work the toll is much greater than financial, potentially affecting them emotionally… Continue reading How to avoid injuries in the workplace
It’s easy to believe that workplace accidents happen to ‘other people’. The reality is that workplace accidents can, and do, affect a great range of people and the impact on workers, families and businesses can be devastating. Fortunately, credible legal support is available. By utilising the services of a law firm that specialises in worker’s… Continue reading What to Do When a Workplace Accident Occurs
Good documentation of workplace safety data helps leaders keep their fingers on the pulse of organisational safety by recording and reporting claims and premium data, which can have a positive flow-on effect on the premiums they have to pay.
WorkSafe have found that safety in many SMBs isn’t delegated to a responsible party, and is instead juggled on an ad hoc basis. This lack of planning has far-reaching impacts on a business’ ability to cut costs, especially WorkCover premiums. Here’s how to integrate workplace safety into your other business functions.
In a bid to lessen the complexities around business owner’s roles and responsibilities to OHS, WorkSafe has developed the ‘Seven Pillars of Safety’. The first pillar sets out clear top down responsibility, delegation and KPI’s for OHS and Return To Work (RTW). How well does your business measure up?
All SMBs should integrate workplace safety into business management systems, practice prevention rather than reaction and show commitment from owners to the process. Use the seven pillars of safety as a guideline to making this happen in your business.