Any workplace needs to have an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) system in place to ensure the well being of its staff and comply with legislation. This involves assessing the risks and dangers within a work place and implementing strategies to minimize them. Where operations have a higher risk level, for example, construction, engineering, mining and energy related companies, the detail of their OHS systems will be far greater.
With a scheme of safety standards in place, implementing any changes or additions becomes easier. From owners and operators to all employees, everyone has a responsible role to play in implementing OHS systems for the well-being of everyone in that workplace. This ensures that nobody is exposed to any unnecessary risk and protects the organisation from any negligence or breaches of legislation that might lead to legal action. Every business niche has a unique set of standards to ensure the safety of its workers. These vary depending on the nature of the job and extent of exposure to risk. By making templates of their risk management systems which are disseminated throughout the organisation, managers can easily add new developments or improvements when needed. HR personnel can also easily add or remove strategies within the templates.
Occupational Health and Safety systems require continual re-assessment so HR personnel can plan procedures that provide an opportunity to improve working conditions. This provides a proactive approach to adopting new risk management strategies and standards.
By continually re-assessing the Occupational Health and Safety systems in place, it will be possible to identify any conflicting instructions that could lead to poor risk management.
A good Occupational Health and Safety system will effectively keep employees involved through encouraging their active participation. Taking on board their suggestions and ideas to help improve the OHS system will increase employee loyalty as they appreciate their ideas being acknowledged. This is an aspect of good management best practice that is often ignored.
Finally, a proper Occupational Health and Safety system reduces cost implications in a number of ways. Primarily, the health of employees is preserved, reducing absenteeism. This in turn reduces knock-on losses incurred by the company. Also, because unforeseen hazards are minimized with proper operational risk management, the organisation’s expenses for employee health care are reduced.
An OHS system is essential for successful risk management. It is a legal obligation that all workplaces need to embrace for the good of their staff and operations. The proven benefits are a better workplace, profitability and quality of life for all.