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A Look at the Seven Pillars of Safety Management Systems

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Feb 25, 2014 2:57:00 AM
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injured-employee-on-the-phoneWorkSafe Victoria has recently implemented a medium segment intervention strategy to address the alarming workers compensation statistics in the medium business segment that is responsible for approximately 40 percent of all workers compensation claims. Research conducted by WorkSafe into the medium sector has found that safety is often undelegated or “juggled” on an ad hoc basis. It’s not demonstrably led from the owner or director level, not linked to WorkCover premium performance and not being guided by professional OHS advice, all contributing to poor OHS and Return to Work outcomes.

WorkSafe categorises the medium segment in Victoria as those businesses with $1 to $20m remuneration. If you fall in this category, it’s time to review your OHS practices to ensure they are up to date and properly implemented.

What is the medium segment intervention strategy?

The strategy involves a three-pronged approach to:

  • Support the “juggler” by building OHS and Return to Work capability,
  • Reposition OHS professionals by developing capability of the OHS professional community
  • Conduct visits with owners and directors offering an independent six hour OHS consultancy funded by WorkSafe to actively promote the benefits of engaging suitably qualified OHS professionals.

WorkSafe have found that “jugglers” lack confidence, skills and capability, are expected to have all the answers and are often presented with an overwhelming amount of complex information. The aim is to provide them with support that is easy to access and tailored to their needs.

How will it affect your business?

WorkSafe encourages all businesses to integrate safety into their business management system, practice prevention rather than reaction, and show commitment from owners/directors to the process. However, many people feel that current models of safety management systems are far too complex, resulting in WorkSafe developing the ‘Seven Pillars of Safety’ – a simplified approach to safety in the workplace.

Over the coming weeks we will describe the seven pillars in detail in a series of articles for Dynamic Business Magazine. Read the first article here.

General advice warning

The information on this site is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs or circumstances into consideration. You should look at your own situation and requirements before making any decisions. Please contact our Occupational Health and Safety Consultants for further information.

Topics: Blog, Safety Management Systems