Occupational Health and Safety

The aim of Occupational health and safety (OHS) in business should be to promote and maintain the highest level of physical, mental and social well-being of all personnel and minimise or prevent harm to employees caused by their working conditions.

In its basic form OHS can be broken down into three key objectives these are:

  1. The maintenance and promotion of workers’ health and working capacity;

  2. The improvement of working environment and work to become conducive to safety and health; and

  3. Development of organisations and working cultures in a direction which supports health and safety at work and in doing so also promotes a positive culture which should be reflected in practice in managerial systems, personnel policy, principles for participation, training policies and quality management of the undertaking. (ILO)

There are many reasons for companies their directors, officers and supervisors to take a leadership role in relation to occupational health and safety (OHS).

The first is legal, under Work Place Health and Safety legislation companies and individuals are being held personally liable for injuries people sustain at the workplace. Organisations must now adapt and comply with this imposed legal liability or there is a high possibility that financial, reputational or moral consequences may impact negatively on how businesses operate.

The second is, good occupational health and safety is good business. Successful businesses have integrated the concepts of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility because they understand that good health and safety performance creates a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Effective management of health and safety risks will help to:

  • 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 well being 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.

Industrial Safety and Hygiene will provide you with the knowledge and ability to manage the many potential risks in your workplace, some of these services include but are not limited to:

  • Pre –qualifications of contractors and associated companies

  • Safety Policy & Procedure development and implementation

  • OHS Audits

  • Workplace Risk Assessments

  • Safety Management Plans

  • Staff coaching and mentoring

  • General advice on legislation, codes of practice and Australian standards

  • Provision of long term or short term dedicated safety professionals

  • Project risk assessments

  • Input into operating design and philosophy