Safe Work Australia will recognise World Day for Safety & Health at Work & Workers’ Memorial Day on Friday, 28 April 2017. It is crucial employers monitor the health of workers & workplace conditions to prevent illness or injury, & provide information & training.
According to Safe Work Australia’s Key Work Health and Safety Statistics for 2015, 1 in 25 Australians suffered from work-related injuries during that year.
Under section 19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (the WHS Act), a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) must ensure the health and safety of workers at work in the business or undertaking, so far as is reasonably practicable. Additionally, section 19(2) requires PCBUs to ensure that the health and safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking, so far as is reasonably practicable.
Regardless of the occupation, the possibility of accidents are always present. Some industries present more risks than others but the bottom line is that it is imperative to have strong health and wellbeing programs as well as procedures in place for WHS as not only is it a legal obligation but it can also protect your business from the potential liabilities and costs associated with work related incidents. This can be accomplished by investing in certification courses for your current WHS staff members.