Is your organisation prepared for any emergency and complying with the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) ?
Being prepared, and complying with the Health and Safety at Work (2015) Act does not have to be difficult or expensive.
- Plans, policies and procedures
- Emergency supplies and kits
- Emergency water
- Staff training (and proof of learning!)
- Involving all staff in health and safety (a H&S committee legally required for any organisation with 20 or more people)
- Audits, review and maintenance of all of the above
Having plans and policies are not enough. All of your staff and contractors need to be appropriately trained for Health and Safety. And, if an accident or incident ever occurs in the workplace you will need proof of the training (and learning!). Dave Greenberg flew almost 4000 missions aboard the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and now uses his humour and experience to train others. “When your job involves hanging out of a moving helicopter, you learn a lot about emergency preparedness and health & safety.”
Did you know that the new H&S Safety act requires you to consult with all staff on Health and Safety matters? It is also a legal requirement to have a Health and Safety committee if you have 20 or more people in your organisation.
It is not enough to write your policies, train your staff and then forget about Health and Safety. It must become part of your organisation's culture, and you must regularly audit, review and maintain all components of your Health and Safety system.