What is a Risk Assessment and What is Assessed?

Risk Assessment – The risk of What? What is a risk assessment? This may seem pathetically obvious, but a risk assessment is simply assessing the risk of something happening or not happening. Risk is a combination of the likelihood of something occurring and the consequences if it does. A risk assessment is a simple quantifying […]

Health and Safety Systems – PROVE You Have Them!

Do You Have Health and Safety Systems In Place? It doesn’t matter if you were trying to get health and safety systems in place. Neither does it matter if you started to get them in place. Look, it doesn’t even matter if you DO have a health and safety system. The only thing that’ll stop you paying […]

Hazard Management And The Hazard Hunt

Is The Workplace Hazards Hunt A Waste Of Time? I was reading an article the other day on workplace hazards. The writer was a professional health and safety consultant. While reading, I began to realise how many business owners and managers are wasting valuable time, money and resources. How? By creating procedures and assessments that are […]

Safety Standards – The New ISO 45001

What Are Safety Standards Safety standards are a system of measures that can improve the safety of the operations of a business. Following these measures helps to ensure safe production of products and services. A company may be awarded “ISO” certification if they can prove implementation of the measures within the safety standard. Evidence of […]

Code Of Practice And Why You Should Know Them

Why Does A Health and Safety Code Of Practice Matter? If you do business in Australia, there’s an important reason why you need to know what a code of practice is. From 1 July 2018 persons conducting a business or undertaking are required to comply with an approved code of practice. Alternatively, you can follow […]

What is a Safe Operating Procedure?

What Is A Safe Operating Procedure? A Safe Operating Procedure is a set of instructions on how to perform a job safely or to correctly handle an emergency. Each task step has a priority, e.g. 1, 1.1, 2., and can be general or specific depending on the complexity of the task. A Safe Operating Procedure […]

Enforceable Undertaking – What Is It?

Do you know what an “Enforceable Undertaking” is? In Australia, an enforceable undertaking is a legally binding agreement made to avoid prosecution. For example, between a person in violation of health and safety laws and state health and safety regulators. The idea is that a person can propose an enforceable undertaking in lieu of prosecution. […]

Health and Safety Laws In The Workplace

Health and Safety Laws in the Workplace Impact Businesses. Health and safety laws in the workplace are a foregone conclusion in the modern-day business. No business is immune to their influence. There’s nothing you can do to avoid the law’s impact. So what’s the problem? Well, It’s not the health and laws themselves that’ll get you, […]

Behaviour Based Safety Does It Work?

Behaviour Based Safety – You’re probably unknowingly using it. Most business owners are probably not familiar with the term Behaviour Based Safety. However, it’s likely they’re unknowingly using it, or at least part of it. What is “Behaviour Based Safety”? Behaviour Based Safety is an approach to health and safety management that focuses on workers’ […]

Workplace Safety – The Old School’s Gone

We’ve all heard it. “In my day workplace safety came down to common sense!” Sometimes it’s worth stopping to ask the speaker to define common sense. For example, a backpacker, with no farm experience, is told to drive a half-million-dollar machine with little or no instruction. If he cocks it up, is it merely a […]