There are a whole range of Occupational Health and Safety Risk Factors that can effect your business that you’re not even aware of. Here’s a few factors that may not be on your risk radar yet.
What social factors affect the overall profitability of your company and its safety record? Many companies hire holiday workers in order to save money. Studies have shown that these younger and less experienced workers are more likely to take risks, less likely to understand your company safety procedures included in the OHS Management System and are more likely to suffer an injury on the job.
Personal and religious beliefs may also play a role in how safety issues are addressed on your work site. If a person’s religion forbids them from working during a specific time of day, this can create a staff shortage that can lead to an incident. If a religion requires a specific head dress that is likely to get caught in complex machinery, address ways to accommodate your staff without exposing them to danger. You also need to add these factors into the different policies and procedures in your WHS Management System.
If there is technology that can reduce your risk and make it less likely that your company will suffer losses, these factors should be addressed in your Risk Management Plan. There are new products on the market that make it easy to train your staff on proper safety procedures without great expense to the company. Using this technology may mean that you can spend less time and money on training while effectively creating a safe and productive workforce.
Creating the Safety Management Plan
Your safety management plan should include several important elements. First, it should outline who is responsible for creating, designing and implementing the plan. It will also address who is accountable for making sure the plan is followed and carried through.
Secondly, your plan should address how training is to be delivered. If your training program will happen in an in-class setting, the plan should address this. If part of the training will take place online, the plan should spell this out as well.
Finally, the plan should address specific ways of handling situations that may come up in the course of business. This may include how you will handle employee conflict, the procedures for evacuating the building in a fire and steps to take if there is a natural disaster on the work site. If your staff is briefed on these issues in advance, you decrease the likelihood of injuries or fatalities.
The plan should address the needs of a diverse group of staff, from younger, new hires who lack experience to those who have been with the company or in the industry for years. Issues like drug testing, medical emergencies and fire prevention should all be included in your plan and reviewed annually to make sure the policies are up to date.
When it comes to creating a safety and risk management plan for your company, it pays to create a thorough plan that addresses everything you will need to create a safe and productive environment. You can also include components of your SWMS Template as part of the plan, or reference parts of the plan to your company safe work method statements. How you design this plan is ultimately your choice, but the key point to remember is that the plan should be consistent and transparent.
Share your plan with the department managers and your staff in order to ensure that everyone is aware of the company’s procedures. Make sure that you update your plan as often as necessary in order to keep everyone informed.