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Why is Health and Safety Compliance in Business Important ?

Work Health and Safety (WHS) issues are important for the Australian economy. The outcome of poor WHS include death, serious injury, environmental damage and associated financial costs. Strong and positive WHS performance can contribute positively to business, workplace relations and productivity.

Work Health and Safety Management SystemsWHS legislation is the name given to all the Acts, Regulations and other statutory requirements such as Codes of Practice and Australian Standards.

Compliance is a major component of every business management strategy as non-compliance carries significant penalties.

What are the legal requirements?

The WHS Act is a formal description of health and safety law passed in a state or territory. It is intended to spell out the duties for each group that has a role in health and safety in the workplace. Legislation may vary slightly between states, however they all have common elements e.g. consultation requirements; powers of entry; duties of relevant persons etc

The WHS Regulation is a more detailed set of requirements which provide detail on how certain sections of the Act should be implemented. E.g. confined spaces; construction work, falls, risk work etc

The act and regulations covers ALL WORKERS. So who is a classified a worker?

  • an employee
  • a trainee, apprentice or work experience student
  • a volunteer
  • an outworker (someone that works from home)
  • a contractor or sub-contractor
  • an employee of a contractor or sub-contractor
  • an employee of a labour hire company

What is an Environmental Management System ?

An Environmental Management System (EMS) integrates the organization’s environmental objectives, with its overall business processes and systems, so that environmental considerations can become a routine factor in the business decisions.

An EMS provides the framework for:

  • Developing a system that will consistently address and resolve environmental issues
  • Establishing environmental objectives and targets
  • Demonstrating continual improvement of the system and our environmental performance

Why implement an EMS?

  • To demonstrate how the business is meeting its legal obligations in relation to the relevant environmental acts and regulations
  • It makes good business sense to integrate environmental management with our business processes
  • To demonstrate your commitment to the environment
  • To improve your environmental performance by managing the environmental impacts of our business operations.

Benefits from implementing an EMS?

  • Decreases environmental risk
  • Improves compliance position
  • Improves relations with regulators
  • Improves public perception

Implementing an EMS will enhance your control and understanding of how your operations affect the environment. Through the use of this system, we will proactively seek to improve your environmental performance

What is Quality Assurance and How Does it Help Your Business?

Quality Assurance, in its broadest context, is the systematic effort by a business to ensure that its end product satisfies its intended use, meets customers’ expectations, and is produced consistently with zero defects. How well a business manages Quality Assurance is based on the complexity of the product and services they provide.

A Quality Management System includes procedures around process controls, checks and balances, compliance audits, continuous improvement, training, and worker engagement at every level.

So why should any of this matter to you as a business owner providing a service or a product?

If you have no systems in place to control your processes or measure customer satisfaction, you are merely guessing at what the customer expects. Your business will continue to operate in the future the way it has in the past, and it will thrive, stagnate, or fail, and you will have no clue as to why it did any of those three things. The driving force behind all quality control systems is customer feedback. Without the customer, you have no business.

Every business can benefit from a Quality Management System. Some may have most of it in their business already and not even realise! The detail to which it is applied is entirely up to the leadership of the business, but the more robust it is, the higher the chances are that a business will survive and even thrive in today’s economy.

With the consumer now intimately linked into the social media world, a product and business can win and lose customers not linearly, but exponentially. Controlling the most-critical aspects of your processes sets you apart from your competition and makes good business sense.

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  • Cheryl has impressed organisations she has worked for on multiple levels through her professional, organised, responsive and easy to communicate skills. She is capable to take on board ideas and steer business needs towards delivering expected and favourable outcomes in a timely manner. Her friendliness and responsiveness sets a benchmark in customer support that other consultants and service providers could learn from

    Chris Wright

    HSE Auditor
  • Cheryl possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in a variety of areas in Occupational health, Workplace Injury Management and Rehabilitation. She exhibits a positive attitude, has good public relations and has a congenial personality. She is destined to be successful in assisting businesses reduce their exposure

    Dr Yan Perumal

    Certified Independent Medical Examiner QLD
  • As a senior HSE Manager of a large multi-disciplined heavy industrial service business, having Cheryl’s contemporary HSE knowledge, Management System experience, system compliance and continual improvement focus available to assist our business has been invaluable. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to other businesses in need of a practical skilled and experienced consultant

    Tim Magoffin

    General Manager
  • Cheryl develops high quality and easy-to-use Management System and Environmental Compliance documentation. When it comes to Environmental Auditing, Cheryl is able to relate well with Site Management to ensure the best outcome for all involved while ensuring Environmental Compliance is met

    Mick Rayner

    Environmental Manager

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