Work health and safety in businesses is one of the most over-looked areas, given very little attention in comparison to other areas of the business on a day to day basis.
However, ensuring that your small business has safety practices in place from day 1 can ensure not only your compliance as a registered business operator but is a safeguard for future mishaps that are inevitable in a business environment.
Make sure you that you are insured
Insurance is costly, but an injury in the workplace or a claim against you for incorrect professional advice or the like can be even more costly. It is important that small businesses have the correct public liability insurance and if required, professional indemnity insurance to cover them in all circumstances. Speaking to a qualified insurance broker will help you to understand your requirements and they can help you find the best deal!
Head to a small business safety workshop
These are completely free and are run by WorkSafe QLD. They are held right across South East QLD and will be featuring predominantly this month for small business week! Head to the WorkSafe website to find out a list of upcoming dates and register.
Have a work health and safety plan in place
There are a number of resources that can assist you in developing a comprehensive safety plan for your business. Depending on what type of business you are running, it may also be a good idea to register for the Injury Prevention and Management program with Worksafe. Not only will this be a great way to ensure ongoing compliance but you can market your participation in programs like this, showing your customers and the public that your business is serious about workers’ safety.
WHSQ-HSR-NCB01 Queensland Health and Safety Representative Course
Managing safety in the workplace is important for all organisations across every industry.
The Health and Safety Representative (HSR) course is essential for anyone wishing to act as the Health and Safety Rep or Deputy HSR for their organisation – as mandated by Queensland’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011.
HSR Reps are elected by a work group to represent them during consultation on health and safety issues in the workplace.
Working in Construction?
Construction Skills Queensland in partnership with the Queensland Government have selected Asset College to deliver a wide range of heavily subsidised Qualifications.
if you’re interested in improving the safety strategies and procedures for your small business, funding is available via Construction Skills Queensland for a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety for those who work or have worked within the construction and building industry in the last 6 months (subject to eligibility).
Take advantage of these offers for your small business now! Contact us today.