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Most of us in Business ask other people first before we decide to commit funds. I am no different. I feel that a majority of safety information is quite similar and should be easily available.

The challenge for you is to take this safety information and apply it to your situation.

For example. I need a safety system in place to get a council contract.

The Council has asked for a Safety Policy, Induction information, How risks are managed? and how safety risks are reported?

My Small Business Safety System covers all these as documents, but an off the shelf system will not cover you unless you have assessed the risks that you encounter. So I have provided you with Policies and Templates but you have to use them. There is 1-10 step process to put it in place

The most important word for me is Foreseeable.

If a group of your experienced peers would agree that you left out an important and obvious risk then you are in trouble with the safety laws.

What is Foreseeable?

In my view it is combining the

  • Safety System you have,

  • with the risks in the job,

  • with the skills and experience of the people working today.

  • At todays jobsite

Foreseeable should be your guiding principle when assessing risks. It may also be described as the talent to see the risk of the unlikely and the possible combining to create a risk. (Think about it. Many accidents don’t have a single risk as the cause).

What is included on my site

  • 1-10 steps to guide you
  • Responsibilities chart
  • Policies
  • Induction information page to sign off
  • Safety meeting agenda plus how to run and a template to record decisions
  • Risk templates
  • Safe Work Method Statement Template
  • Hazard and incident forms
  • What is a Notifiable incident (Tas example) and Incident Investigation process
  • File all completed records
  • Archives stored old editions

But I think the best value is to come. Be part of a Safety Group that is constantly updated by Small Business Safety Systems to help keep you safe.

Two examples of where this has worked

One. I always asked that a copy of a persons drivers licence was kept securely on file. A member emails a question about should I add to the induction form that a staff member must notify me if their drivers licence is cancelled, suspended or restricted in some way.

I agreed.

I changed the form, instantly updated my system and through my new website emailed ALL members of the important change.

Yes I can some people saying, the employee should notify you and yes I agree. But isn’t it much easier to have been crystal clear about what your work conditions are, than risk dismissing them for being unlicenced, crashing a work car and then risking legal action. I know which way I think is much easier.

The change I added is:

I will advise the manager immediately if my drivers licence is cancelled, restricted or altered.

Second example

The Consultation Code of Practice is one of the critical obligations in implementing and discussing workplace safety.

A few managers found that some staff were unwilling to honestly participate, preferring to say that it was not up to them to have to talk about safety – that was what the manager was paid for. Wrong – its everyone.

But recognising this problem resulted in the new clause in the Induction page, in bold.

I have been advised of the consultation requirements and will comply with this process.

This allows for a discussion on the reasons why consultation is important and helps keep everyone safe rather than dealing with open or quiet resistance.

Who is my safety system designed for?

People who need access to quick information on a topic they need to brush up on or see what is available.

This is generally workplaces of up to 20 staff and also the safety manager for larger organisations who needs to research some possible options to consider.