Managing the Obligations
imposed on employers and minimising exposure to prosecutions under Workplace Health and
Safety Legislation is now a very significant issue for every business
Like the great
majority of employers you probably already put considerable effort into making
as safe as possible. So why do you need to implement a Safety Management
In the real world,
regardless of the effort put into Workplace Safety, serious accidents &
incidents do unfortunately still occur. Current compensation claims statistics suggest that the number of
workplace related serious injuries will
exceed 140000 this year with possibly more than 150 deaths.
See The Statistics for 05 / 06
Should an accident or incident occur at or related to your
workplace, resulting in injury, illness or death, then
the company itís CEO/Owner & Management are by definition, in breach of
Section 28 of the Qld Act.
This and other sections of the Act place everyone from the CEO of the
organisation down to the lowest ranked supervisor on the job, at immediate
risk of prosecution under the Act.
The Penalties Are Severe
The burden is now
placed on the employer, to demonstrate that all possible steps had been
taken to identify and control or eliminate all hazards and risks
associated with the work being performed and that the accident or incident
was the result of some other event, circumstance, action or omission, that
was not reasonably foreseeable.
To achieve this you will need to produce formal documentation and records
of things such as hazard identification, risk assessments, communication
of information, allocation of responsibilities, identification of training
requirements etc etc etc.
In other words, your Workplace Health & Safety Management System!
Once considered a complex, time consuming and expensive exercise, the
Verbena WH&S Risk Management System now makes it Simple, Quick and
The question now is not:
Can your business afford to implement a proper Risk Management
Can you afford not to?