Start-Ups in Australia

Business Startup Australia: Workplace Health & Safety

Written by Aly GadElmoula

Workplace Health & Safety – In each state or territory there are laws to protect workers against potential Work Health & Safety (WHS) risks. One of your obligations as a business owner is to exercise a duty of care to make sure that those laws are applied properly. Workers compensation insurance for your staff must also be taken out by you.

Workplace Health & Safety – Your Obligations

Under WHS legislation you are obliged to provide the following for your employees:

  • Safe premises
  • Safe machinery and materials
  • Safe systems of work
  • Information, instruction, training and supervision
  • A suitable working environment and facilities
  • Insurance and workers compensation for your employees

You also need to:

  • Report certain incidents (i.e. injuries and diseases) in your workplace
  • Assist an injured worker to return to work
  • Comply with Work Health and Safety laws
  • Get the necessary registrations and licenses for; certain high risk work activities, operation of certain items of plant or using particular chemicals in your workplace

Your WHS regulator may provide workshops and advisory material to help you understand your obligations and keep your workplace safe.

Workplace Health & Safety – Ensuring your control stay effective

You need to monitor the control measures you have implemented and ensure that they remain effective. The following steps will help you achieve that:

  • Accountability and responsibility: When everyone is responsible, no one is responsible. Clearly allocate accountability to ensure that procedures are followed by everyone. This might include managers and supervisors with authority and resources.
  • Maintenance: Regular inspection and testing of your equipment is very important.
  • Training: Competency is a key and all of your workers should be competent is applying your control measures. Make sure that new workers are trained to work safely.
  • Awareness: Information about hazards is updated regularly and should be checked to make sure our controls are still relevant. Use the emerging of technology to make your job easier.
  • Consultation: We mean consulting your workers because after all they are the ones at risk. Talk to them and seek different perspectives on how to make their jobs more secure for them.
Safe Work Australia

This is a wonderful website full of useful information on the development of policy to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. It was established by the Safe Work Australia Act 2008. Refer to their website for more information;

http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA

Additional Resources
  • Business Victoria: Occupational health and safety guide at;

http://www.business.vic.gov.au/operating-a-business/employing-and-managing-people/occupational-health-and-safety

  • Safety in your workplace at;

http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/whs-information/pages/whs-information

  • Travel for business;

https://www.business.gov.au/Info/Run/Travel

  • Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

https://www.asbestossafety.gov.au/

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.safetymonth

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safety-month/id705114048

Your feedback and participation is highly appreciated.

We wish you the best of luck with your venture.

Australia-Unwrapped Team

Part One - Business Startup Australia – Introduction
Part Two - Business Startup Australia: Getting Help and Support 
Part Three - Business Startup Australia: Business Structure
Part Four - Business Startup Australia: Business Plan
Part Five - Business Startup Australia: Obtaining Finance
Part Six - Business Startup Australia: Registering Your Business
Part Seven - Business Startup Australia: Registering Business Name
Part Eight - Business Startup Australia: Understanding Australian Taxes
Part Nine - Business Startup Australia: Home-based Business
Part Ten - Business Startup Australia: Online Business
Part Eleven - Business Startup Australia: Employing People
Part Thirteen - Business Startup Australia: Online Marketing
Part Fourteen - Business Startup Australia: Securing Your Online Business
Part Fifteen - Business Startup Australia: Importing
Part Sixteen - Business Startup Australia: Exportation

About the author

Aly GadElmoula

My name is Aly GadElmoula, I’m 33 years old businessman living with my lovely wife, Wafaa, and my beautiful daughter, Nermine.

I have spent more than 11 years of my life studying and working in the field of IT, Information Technology, but I’ve recently changed my career to teaching English and got myself a nice frame for my CELTA, Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults.

I hope by telling you this you will be able to see how much I love English. I love reading it and I sure love writing in English especially in the fields of technology, psychology and business. I’ve recently worked as a business consultant for a number of websites in India, USA, UK and Australia. I’ve also written some exciting e-books with one in particular that I’m really proud of, The Definitive Guide to Becoming a Freelance.

“The freelance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.” Robert Benchley

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