What is Occupational Health and Safety

Occupational Health and Safety was introduced to protect the safety, health and welfare of people employed within the workforce.

Enjoying these basic human rights should be obtainable for all workers regardless of the nature of their industry. Each worker should be able to carry out their duties in a safe and secure working environment. Occupational Health and Safety endeavours to free the work place of hazards that can be harmful to employees.

Occupational Health and Safety legislation protects these basic human rights while clearly defining the obligations and consequences for neglecting the protective measures put in place.

A few facts:

  • In Australia a serious workplace injury occurs every 2 – 3 minutes
  • Around 7000 deaths each year are related to work-related diseases. This is four times the annual national road toll

An employee who suffers a workplace injury or disease experiences loss of quality of life. Many family events, social activities, job prospects or career advancement opportunities are missed or disappear completely as a result.

Each year workplace injuries, diseases and fatalities cost billions of dollars in forgone economic activity. The cost not only affects the family and employer but also the wider community.

The benefits for your business:

  • Reduce the potential for people getting injured, ill or killed at work;
  • Avoid negative effects on turnover and profitability, such as lost time and high workers’ compensation costs;
  • Minimize the likelihood of prosecution;
  • Maximize productivity and wellbeing of all employees by reducing down time, labour turnover and absenteeism;
  • Encourage better relationships with contractors; and
  • Improve the organisation’s reputation in the eyes of investors, customers, competitors, suppliers and the wider community.

Leaving your Occupational Health and Safety plan in the hands of a fully trained professional with industry experience ensures solid processes and procedures to ensure the safety of all workers within your business.