Workplace Safety

We all understand that a workplace needs to be safe for everyone that enters it; but how do you keep it safe? Do you know what safety in the workplace is and how it impacts your policies and procedures? Here are some common terms and what they mean.

OSH, OHS or WHS?

Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) are all concerned with the safety, health and welfare of people in the workplace. These standards should be a basic human right for each and every worker.

OSH is primarily used in Western Australia, while OHS is used in Victoria. WHS refers to harmonised federal laws, which are yet to be used in WA or Victoria at this stage.

Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ)

These are four components of a responsible corporate management approach where is it thought that all accidents are caused by human error and can be prevented with better training and administration.

One of the key things to take away is that under all Australian legislation an employer is obligated to:

  • Provide safe work sites
  • Assess risks and introduce ways to control them
  • Provide safe materials or machinery
  • Have insurance and workers’ compensation for employees
  • Provide suitable working environment and facilities

Understanding OSH and how it impacts your business is very important. Having clear policies and procedures in place can reduce workplace injuries and help make sure that all your employees are safe, happy and fit for work.

For more information on safety and your obligations, please contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or enquiries@processworx.com.au.

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Marisa Ross

HR Advisor

Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

Aimee Grigson

Aimee Grigson

WHS Advisor

Aimee has a strong understanding of Workplace Health and Safety Legislation and standards and has extensive HSEQ experience in a number of industries. Aimee has a great ability to engage across all levels of organisation, including field teams, leadership and external stakeholders. Aimee ensures Health and Safety Management Systems are compliant to legislation, effectively implemented and understood by all. Aimee has a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and qualifications in auditing and incident investigations. Aimee is passionate about coaching and developing small businesses towards a positive safety culture.