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Why workplace safety should be part of the planning process

Posted by Robert O'Neill on Oct 2, 2012 2:44:00 AM
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workplace-safety-200x200WorkSafe have found that safety in many SMBs isn’t delegated to a responsible party, and is instead juggled on an ad hoc basis. This lack of planning has far-reaching impacts on a business’ ability to cut costs, especially WorkCover premiums. Here’s how to integrate workplace safety into your other business functions.

According to WorkSafe, workplace safety is rarely demonstrably led from owner or director level, isn’t linked to WorkCover premium performance and is not being guided by professional OHS advice.

The next instalment in our series of articles for Dynamic Business magazine, looks at the second pillar of safety, ‘Strategic Planning’.

Strategic planning seeks to integrate safety management into the businesses normal planning by ensuring objectives and targets are set with appropriate KPI’s determined and budgets allocated accordingly. This is about removing uncertainty and acknowledging safety simply as another function of the business which must be managed, the same as quality, sales, marketing, finance and human resources.

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