30 Simple ways to stay safe
Work Safe New South Wales has recently completed research that indicates that many businesses, particularly those in high risk industries like construction and manufacturing, are subject to about 75 regulations, which equates to some five hours of compliance work each week.
That’s a costly and time-consuming burden on any business, even more so for a small business with few resources with some reports suggesting that saving businesses just half an hour each week on compliance tasks will save each state’s economy around $800 million a year.
When small businesses were asked what information they most wanted from Work Safe New South Wales, the response was crystal clear: simple content that is engagingly written and task-oriented.
‘I want to get straight to the point and not read hundreds of pages if someone can condense it into a framework for me’, was a typical response.
Work Safe New South Wales have identified 30 obligations that NSW businesses need to comply with – everything from providing first-aid facilities to properly labeling cleaning liquids and providing hard hats to construction workers. A selection of the obligations are linked below for your ease of reference:
- Confined spaces
- Construction work
- Demolition work
- Electrical work
- Emergency plans
- Employers and HSRs
- Excavation work
- First aid
- Hazardous atmospheres
- Hazardous chemicals
- High risk work licenses
- Information, training and instruction
- Lead work
- Managing safety
- Manual tasks
- Notify incidents
- Personal protective equipment
These obligations were then summarised and simplified into plain English, added some practical tips, and outlined the must do’s that would enable NSW businesses to do the right thing and understand how simple safety can be.
While some aspects of the review are specific to NSW businesses (in particular references to NSW laws), the information contained in the Simple Safety guidelines is on the whole universal in terms of the approach, considerations and key recommendations.
For further information on this initiative please follow this link Simple safety.