Going to work and making it home safely is a right that should be afforded to every worker…sadly, there are many Australian’s who, as the result of workplace accidents, have never made it home…
In addition to fatalities, many more are injured on a daily basis as they go about their work routine.
As an employer, it is your responsibility to maintain a safe workplace, have workers’ compensation insurance in place and a plan to protect yourself and your workers from financial difficulties when an injury or accident occurs.
In Australia, the occupational health and safety (OH&S) and work health and safety (WHS) laws require that in the event of a work-related accident or illness, injured workers have easy access to first aid, workers’ compensation and rehabilitation for a return to work.
There is plenty of information available to both employers and employees on how to keep our workplaces safe, however each State and Territory has their own rules and laws, and you should be familiar with these, especially if you operate your business across borders – you can read information relating to each State and Territory here.
If you’ve got any tips for creating a safe workplace, I’d love to hear them.