Occupational health and safety management is something that everyone who controls the activities of a business, whether big or small, should be well versed with. Health and safety is no longer an extravagance in today’s workplace, but rather a necessity here in New Zealand and the world over. This is because regardless of the kind business you are, there are certain types of hazards involved. They include electricity, toxic substances, dangerous machinery, loads that are carried manually or even psychological hazards that might cause stress. Statistics released by the docket of workplace health and safety in NZ shows 52 people are killed in fatal work-related incidents each year.
A breakdown of these statistics shows that majority of the fatalities occur in the forestry services which is under the agriculture industry seconded by the construction industry then the mining industry. These stunning statistics should be a wakeup call for all business owners with employees under them.
So, why is it that important to have a proper health and safety management system in your workplace?
Avoid the Cost of Safety Failure
When an employee gets injured or dies in the line of duty, you or your insurance company will have to compensate them. You could get into serious trouble if the accident occurred due to lack of proper health and safety management systems in the workplace. You might have a case to answer before the court if this happens. Aside from that, the more accidents there are in your workplace, the more the number of days off. Employees involved in accidents or having ill-health because of work-related reasons will need time off to get medical attention. This will certainly affect the performance of your business. To avoid all this, have in place a good safety and health management system.
Be on the Right Side of the Law
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) is a new law on health and safety in NZ. This law requires all duty holders to ensure, as far as is reasonably practical, the welfare, health and safety of workers and the general public. They are also required to conduct all work-related activities in a manner that ensures the welfare, health and safety. It should be the legal obligation of every employer to ensure that all their employees leave work safe and healthy. This law is aimed at decreasing the number of work-related fatalities and injuries recorded in a year. By having a proper safety and health management system, you will be on the right side of the law should death or injury occur to one of your employees.
It is Your Social and Ethical Responsibility
Attention to health and safety in NZ is not all about legal responsibility – it also involves social responsibility. It is only humanly right and ethically correct to ensure that the environment in which your employees are working in is safe. Provide a workplace that you would also feel safe and comfortable being around. By creating such an environment, you will boost the morale of your employees and gain trust and credibility from your customers.