Workplace Safety Services that evolve with you
Moving beyond the conventional WHS approach
Evolve Safety is a complete workplace safety solution that effectively manages WHS operations.
Work, Health, and Safety are critical aspects of any workplace, and ensuring their proper management is essential for the success of any business. However, it can be challenging and risky for businesses to manage workplace safety without a compliant framework and the support of a WHS professional.
At Employment Innovations, our approach is focused on creating well-run workplaces that prioritises all forms of safety, resulting in happier employees, increased engagement and a positive impact on overall business health. We help your business achieve this through the support of a dedicated Safety Partner, who is committed to driving continuous improvement, delivering innovative solutions, and providing expert coaching.
Webinar: Future Trends Shaping Workplace Health & Safety
Save your seat for our upcoming webinar which will be held on Thursday 18 May 11:00AM AEST/SYD.
In this webinar, our CEO Shane Duffy and Head of Safety Rianna Shanks provide guidance on how to manage risk through a fit-for-purpose WHS management system and explore the changing legislative requirements for businesses and workers to manage risks in the workplace, both physical and psychological.
Shane and Rianna explore the following topics:
- Safe Work Australia’s 2023-33 Strategy;
- WHS legislative obligations in Australia;
- Specific challenges faced by small and medium-sized businesses;
- WHS best practices;
- The use of AI tools and technology;
- Other areas of risk outside of work, health and safety matters;
- And much more
EVOLVE SAFETY SYSYEM
Our framework incorporates compliance
beyond the mere regulation of safety and human resource risks.
The workplace safety system comprises policies, procedures and templates formulated to reduce workplace incidents, and facilitates a uniform approach to your business’ WHS obligations.
Aligned with AS/NZS ISO 45001:2018
An approach that encompasses compliance – not just the control of safety and HR risks.
A commitment to corporate social responsibility and the environment.
A culture of process improvements across your business.
Due diligence for directors and officers including compliance with safety & Respect@Work legislation.
Improved health and safety for workers, contractors, and visitors.
Giving you confidence to engage in a business-to-business request for proposals and contracts, where WHS compliance has to be evidenced.
EVOLVE SAFETY PARTNER
With the Evolve Safety Partners support, you can be confident
that your safety culture is being built on strong foundations.
A strong safety culture is essential for any business, and that’s where the Evolve Safety Partner comes in. They play a crucial role in ensuring that the Workplace Safety Management System is fully integrated into the business, helping to move from document compliance to complete compliance.
By working closely with your Safety Partner, your business can gain a deep understanding of how your system operates, how to keep things on track, and the Safety partner will be there to assist in completing safety tasks within the system.
The Evolve Safety Partner offers guidance and advice on all things safety, which can leave you feeling relieved, less stressed, and more empowered with knowledge and confidence to achieve better workplace safety outcomes. They ensure your business receives all the necessary information on safety matters that affect your business, without cluttering your space.
It’s important to remember that documents from your Workplace Safety Management System are essential for providing a consistent framework for risk management, but they don’t reduce injuries; people do. This is where the Evolve Safety Partner shines, working with your business to implement risk management ideas and help with any challenges or barriers that may arise within your business.
With the Evolve Safety Partners support, you can be confident that your safety culture is being built on strong foundations.
Annual WHS Audit
WHS Strategy and Action Plan
Access to WHS Policies, Procedures & Templates
Manager training and Coaching
Unlimited Access to WHS Advice
BENEFITS OF AN EVOLVE SAFETY PARTNER
Coaching & Upskilling
With their expert coaching and upskilling, you’ll not only learn how to effectively manage your safety system, but also how to maximise the potential of your team.
Proactive & Friendly Approach
An Evolve Safety Partner offers a proactive approach to workplace safety by identifying hazards, developing policies and training managers.
Support & Dedication
By providing guidance, expertise, and support every step of the way, Safety Partners can help businesses stay up-to-date with the latest safety standards and regulations, while also providing peace of mind that their employees are working in a safe and healthy environment.
By continually assessing workplace risks and hazards, developing and refining safety procedures, and providing ongoing training and education to employees, businesses can ensure a safe and healthy work environment that meets the evolving needs of their workforce.
What is work health and safety?
Work health and safety (WHS) is the term to describe how a business manages the risks to the health and safety of workers and others in the workplace. It is the collective responsibility and efforts of government, employers, workers and worker representatives to identify systems that will ensure (as far as is reasonably practicable), how people can avoid being hurt at work.
WHS aims to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities at work by promoting safe work practices, providing adequate training and resources and ensuring all workers have access to proper safety equipment and protective gear. It includes addressing physical and psychosocial hazards that may be present in the workplace.
WHS is regulated by state government authorities and enforced through legislation, which sets out the responsibilities of employers and workers.
Why should businesses implement proper workplace safety measurements?
Firstly – to make sure people are not hurt at work. Nobody wants to have a worker or visitor leave the site in an ambulance or go home with an injury or illness. It is not fair, ethical or acceptable to have a workplace where this could happen. Psychosocial injuries are becoming a significant issue and they can happen in absolutely any environment or business.
Having a good, effective safety system in place will help prevent injuries, but it is also essential for compliance with Australian law.
In Australia, breaches of the legislation can result in severe penalties for both businesses, officers (owners/executives) and workers. Penalties range from hundreds to millions of dollars and can include criminal charges and jail time where negligence is a factor. Having a good WHS system will negate many of these risks.
Finally, a WHS system will demonstrate that the business cares for it’s workers, leading to better productivity and morale, better culture and trust. It can be used for tenders and to demonstrate compliance with external audits or investigations.
It’s a great thing to have!
What's included in the Evolve Safety service?
Our approach is to look at workplace safety from a more holistic perspective. We know that a good safety management system includes your basics around risk management, injury management, emergency management and review and audit, but what we feel they can lack is the acknowledgement and inclusion of other factors that can influence safety outcomes.
We have a Workplace Safety Management System that includes all the essential elements required by law, that will cover what a business needs to do in terms of WHS compliance. Our safety system also factors in elements that cross with HR, quality, corporate social responsibility and the environment. For example, when laws change, such as employers now having a positive duty to manage sexual harassment risks, our system will include those requirements that may traditionally sit in HR or another area.
We have designed our system and documents to be as short, sweet, and user-friendly as possible, while still retaining the compliance required for these complex matters.
Our Workplace Safety Partner service is where a business will really get support to shine!
We assign a dedicated Workplace Safety Partner to our clients, who will work with key contacts on an ongoing, regular basis, providing a wide range of support such as traditional consulting (coaching/provision of documents/assistance to do risk assessments and procedures), as well as benefits not often included in these arrangements.
Additional services our Workplace Safety Partners regularly do for clients include bespoke Manager Training sessions (developed and tailored for what you need), Executive / Board Reporting support or presentation development and workers compensation claims advice.
This is not an advisory service, we will “virtually” get our hands dirty and work with you on your projects and tasks.
Our Workplace Safety Partner most importantly, will ensure your Workplace Safety System is implemented and is maintained properly. With guidance, assistance to complete tasks, and annual audits on the program, we will ensure you are compliant, and your workplace is safer!
Who is responsible for workplace safety?
- Business owners and senior managers (otherwise known as “officers” of the organisation have a legal duty to manage WHS and have a positive duty to do everything reasonably practicable to minimise hazards and make the workplace safe.
- Every worker has a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of themselves and others at work. Workers also need to follow safety instructions and workplace policies and procedures.
What are workplace safety requirements?
Businesses must put health and safety systems in place as soon as they start operating. Under Australian laws, the requirements include:
- Ensuring the health and safety of workers and others who may be at the workplace (visitors, volunteers, contractors and trainees) and;
- Ensuring that the business activities do not put other people at risk.
To comply with the above requirements, the law directs that businesses must:
- Provide a safe work environment
- Provide and maintain safe machinery and structures
- Provide safe ways of working
- Ensure safe use, handling and storage of machinery, structures and substances
- Provide and maintain adequate facilities
- Provide any information, training, instruction or supervision needed for safety
- Monitor the health of workers and conditions at the workplace.
How those things are done can vary from business to business and is based on many factors such as size, industry and activities the workplace undertakes. It is absolutely essential these elements are completed, and having a safety professional assist in determining the best practice methods for a business is a sound approach.
What are some common workplace safety issues?
There are many workplace safety related issues that can happen in a business. We have listed some common scenarios or issues to consider, however, this is certainly not an exhaustive list!
- Non-compliance with legislation/law due to having none, or poor WHS documentation (policies and procedures)
- Unsafe work environment (trip hazards, machinery risks unmanaged, no emergency procedures or equipment, unsafe culture including bullying and harassment, workload stresses etc).
- Physical injuries from manual handling, slips trips and falls, and accidents involving vehicles or machinery.
- Psychological injuries from bullying/harassment, workplace violence (incidents with clients/public/other workers) workload issues, lack of support from management, or secondary to a physical injury (that means a psychological injury can develop as a result of a physical injury that’s already happened).
- Hazards have not been identified and risk assessed. There is no risk register, and no controls for hazards.
- Workers are not aware of, or not following safety procedures that are in place, either through lack of understanding, training or negligence.
- High risk work has not been identified, assessed and a Safe Work Method Statement developed (e.g. working at heights, in confined spaces, or with hazardous chemicals).
- Emergency procedures have not been written and established through training.
- WHS consultation has not been established. There are no regular safety meetings or ways workers can talk to management about safety.
- Workplace hazards that require health monitoring have not been identified and monitoring has not been set up (for hazardous chemicals).
- Sexual harassment risks have not been assessed and there are no action plans to manage risks.
- Existing systems or policies and procedures are outdated and have not been reviewed annually.
- The business does not conduct required WHS related training, including first day safety inductions, emergency procedures, and bullying/harassment.
Find out more about our Safety Partner service today
Could your business benefit from a dedicated WHS expert? Are you looking for an appropriate & embedded safety system? Just fill in the enquiry form, and a member of our team will reach out soon.