Man­age­ment M Sys­tem S Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion C body b aims to re­duce r in­jury and a lit­i­ga­tion

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Pro­tect­ing staff from po­ten­tial risk of in­jury and ac­ci­dent in the work­place is para­mount for most or­gan­i­sa­tions to­day. With work­place in­jury li­a­bil­i­ties di­rected at staff, or­gan­i­sa­tions or com­pany di­rec­tors, it is ap­par­ent that Health and Safety is not just a sin­gu­lar re­spon­si­bil­ity, it needs to be a cul­tural phi­los­o­phy, duty and prac­tice, pri­ori­tised by ev­ery­one in the work en­vi­ron­ment.

Di­rec­tors and com­pa­nies are li­able for fines up to $3 mil­lion, if it is proved they could have or should have done more to pre­vent se­ri­ous in­jury. In ad­di­tion if a com­pany, and or its leader/s, are found to be neg­li­gent in their du­ties and an em­ployee was crit­i­cally in­jured then a jail term of up to five years may be in­curred.

Most work­place in­juries and sub­se­quent lit­i­ga­tion can be avoided by in­creas­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and aware­ness and by ap­ply­ing con­tem­po­rary health and safety pro­to­cols. New Zealand’s lead­ing Man­age­ment Sys­tem Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body, Te­larc, is aim­ing to re­duce the (po­ten­tial for) in­ci­dent of in­jury and lit­i­ga­tion by pro­vid­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions with a multi-tiered au­dit and ed­u­ca­tion ap­proach, which en­ables busi­ness of all sizes to achieve Health and Safety cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for staff and their work en­vi­ron­ments.

Te­larc en­sures work­place cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and duty to pro­tect by au­dit­ing and iden­ti­fy­ing all po­ten­tial risks within the work en­vi­ron­ment and by pro­vid­ing com­pli­ance rec­om­men­da­tions to be adopted by the host busi­ness. By adopt­ing Te­larc’s rec­om­men­da­tions, the or­gan­i­sa­tion is com­mit­ted to a duty of pro­tec­tion in its en­tirety and is able to gain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. This re­duces both the li­a­bil­ity and the po­ten­tial for in­ci­dence.

Equally im­por­tant is the ed­u­ca­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of staff. Hav­ing a safe work­place means very lit­tle, un­less staff un­der­stand po­ten­tial work­place risks and have ad­e­quate strate­gies to deal with these.

Be­ing in­de­pen­dently cer­ti­fied to a stan­dard that is glob­ally recog­nised is a so­lu­tion that many com­pa­nies are mov­ing to­wards. It pro­vides busi­ness lead­ers with an in­de­pen­dent ver­i­fi­ca­tion that the com­pany is on top of it its game and is putting its best foot for­ward to min­imise or mit­i­gate risks that might re­sult in a se­ri­ous or fa­tal in­jury be­ing sus­tained.

More and more New Zealand or­gan­i­sa­tions are look­ing closely at their so­cial and cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to not only pro­tect work­ers but to iden­tify and ac­tively man­age and pre­vent in­jury. It is a fact that cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­duces risk con­sid­er­ably and pro­vides com­fort and peace of mind at all lev­els that the or­gan­i­sa­tion is do­ing ev­ery­thing in its power to pro­tect their em­ploy­ees and busi­ness. Be­cause preven­tion re­ally is bet­ter than cure.

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