If you don’t consider safety system accreditation important you may like to take a look at the latest news headlines from Perth in WA. Magistrates recently fined a company and its director more than double the previous record.
The fact is you can no longer take things like OHS system training lightly. And let’s face it, workplace safety is something that should be taken very seriously indeed. Far too many Australians are being injured and killed at work.
As this latest court case proves, failing to ensure a safe workplace can and will result in substantial penalties, including the new industrial manslaughter charge. The Perth case was a very serious breach of the law resulting in serious injuries to the employee.
Penalties Getting Tougher
What makes this latest case particularly important is that in the past, it has been very difficult to secure convictions against individuals in Western Australia. This latest move indicates that penalties will now get even tougher in other states.
All businesses are required by law to have appropriate safety management plans in place and provide adequate OHS system training. But as the regulations become tougher, we are seeing more organisations switch to ISO management plans, where they can seek safety system accreditation.
ISO accreditation is recognised around the world and shows that an organisation has invested time and money in keeping its employees and customers safe. Businesses that achieve certification report increases in production, an improved reputation and general business growth.
OHS System Training
However, work safety standards are changing again. ISO 45001:2018 will replace both AS/NZS 4801:2001 (Australian Standard) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (International Standard).
Implementing ISO 45001:2018 will help decrease the number of work-related injuries, prevent accidents and improve productivity. And, because conforming to all work safety legislation, regulations and Codes of Practice is a requirement of ISO 45001 Standards, it will keep businesses on the right side of the law.
It’s important for business owners to remember that safety system accreditation protects not only employees but also management. Businesses depend on their workers so it only makes sense to keep them safe and healthy. Failing to implement a recognised safety management system will lead to poor performance, rising costs and downtime, as well as damaging an organisation’s reputation.
Safety System Accreditation
ISO 45001:2018 Safety Management System manages OHS issues through a well-written and implemented set of procedures. Procedures should be written to reflect the organisation’s business, culture and existing policies. Professional training should then be provided throughout the organisation.
ISO 45001 works by helping identify and control health and safety risks, thereby reducing accidents. It also ensures your business practices are compliant with health and safety legal requirements.
For Queensland businesses, ISO 45001:2018 training and information is now available in Brisbane, at Standard Consulting. The one-day transition course is designed for those already using AS/NZS 4801:2001 (Australian Standard) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (International Standard). Attendees should be those responsible for implementing the new safety management system.
Courses are available throughout 2018 but places are filling up fast. No surprise there as given the latest prosecution in Perth, smart businesses are taking action early.