A WHS Gap Analysis is a proactive approach to ensure your safety management system is effective and complying with the appropriate legislation and industry best practices and regulations. The safety concerns and potential risks of a specific job in the workplace are identified, and appropriate measures are determined and implemented. The management is notified of the elements missing in a company’s Safety and Risk Management system.
Due to the importance of the practice, there are multiple reasons why organisations should factor in a WHS Gap Analysis in their operations.
The Top 3 Reasons To Complete A Gap Analysis:
1. Create safer work environments
Completing a WHS Gap analysis ensures that the current system is efficient and able to meet the needs of an organisation. It allows for changes and modifications geared towards achieving an acceptable safety system. Upon an on-site evaluation, the appropriate measures are put in place to enhance the safety of a workplace.
2. Financial benefits
The goal of every business is to generate profits. Identifying the weaknesses of the current safety procedure and implementing corrective actions works towards that by lowering the injury rate and as a result, compensation. Statistics show that companies that implement effective health and safety programs in their workplace environments can expect a reduction in their company’s illness and injury rate of around 20 to 40 percent. And with the injury rate at a low, absenteeism will be reduced and profits sustained.
3. Enhancing organisation’s reputation
Having a strong and effective system in place can greatly improve the reputation of a business. And by showing interest in the safety of its workers, employee’s and customer’s loyalty is enhanced. Again this can help improve business opportunities due to the increased implementation of purchasing policies that favour partnering with companies with a WHS system in place.
At Recovery Partners we review organisations’ procedures and perform comprehensive reviews of safety systems. With our Work Health and Safety Program employers are able to minimise injury and reduce costs.
Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789).
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 www.workcover.nsw.au
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