Developing a safe and healthy workplace makes good business sense. Your employees will feel more valued and visitors will be protected from harm. It’s likely to increase productivity and reduce the cost impact on your business of any downtime from employee injuries.
Effective health and safety management systems result from your leadership and commitment. Everyone has a duty to work safely and report hazards, but you still need to manage and coordinate the overall health and safety programme.
The ACC WorkSafe Cycle is a simple and effective method you can use to set up and operate your safety systems. Following the three steps in a continuous cycle enables you to keep on improving your health and safety systems.
Meet with your staff to identify all the hazards in your workplace. Since this is a continuous improvement cycle, you need to return regularly to the review step to monitor your planning and action steps, investigate any incidents that have occurred and review your injury management and emergency readiness. Any suggested improvements feed through to the planning step.
Decide how you will manage the hazards. Your priorities are:
Use the planning step to cover issues such as training and supervision, emergency readiness and injury management.
Adapt the sample Health and Safety Plan [XLS, 13kB] to map out your health and safety programme. Remember to assign responsibility for each required action, include a budget if necessary and set a timeframe for completion.
Two further key elements in the WorkSafe Cycle are commitment and communication. It’s important to get your whole team involved in health and safety. Commitment starts with you. If you don’t take health and safety seriously then why should others?
Open and honest communication throughout the cycle is vital to keep everyone involved and contributing to the health and safety improvement cycle.