Workplace health and safety is a key issue for every business. Having a workplace health and safety management system (WHSMS – or OSHMS in WA and OHSMS in Victoria) in place can help you enhance the safety of your employees as well as protect your organisation from liabilities and compensation claims. Not only can a certified safety system help you identify and control workplace hazards, but it can also keep you in compliance with the relevant Health & Safety legislation in Australia.
In Australia, certification is based on several safety standards, which aim to prevent accidents and illness in advance to ensure workers’ wellbeing. With AS/NZS 4801 coming to an end and businesses all across the country expected to transition to the new ISO 45001 standard, we decided to show you why you should get your certification sooner than later.
Benefits of Safety Certification
1. Enhanced workplace safety
WHSMS integrates workplace health and safety in every workplace task, helping prevent accidents, illnesses and occupational health problems. It enables the management to identify safety risks and put the necessary preventive measures in place. Thanks to regular WHSMS assessments, you can continually monitor and improve your health and safety performance by making amendments where necessary.
2. Reduced costs
Safety standards advocate for collaboration between employers and employees. Through improved communication and information flow between stakeholders, you can reduce compensation claims as employees will feel engaged and cared for. Additionally, safety certification minimises costs by reducing your insurance expenditure.
3. Improved productivity
Fewer injury incidents can result in reduced and less expensive downtimes in your organisation. Moreover, implementing the current safety standards shows a clear commitment to your employees’ safety and can contribute to a more motivated and productive staff.
4. Improved company image
Safety Certification can improve your organisation’s image/trustworthiness by acting as a testimonial that you meet Australian Safety Standards. This enhanced reputation will help you attract top employees. It gives your stakeholders confidence in your company as it tells them that your company invests in creating a safe workplace.
5. Increased revenue
Once you become certified, more work opportunities may open up to you. Tenders and grants usually require safety certification before you can apply and some organisations will only engage companies with safety certification.
The Recovery Partners team can help you to get organised for your Safety Certification. We can also help you improve your business’s overall WHSMS performance and ensure compliance with the latest standard. Our team of WHS consultants are experienced in providing services to a wide range of industries.
Our consultants love to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/
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