Legal changes are fast approaching
You have negotiated the Christmas and the New Year breaks with the team, so now is a good time to take a breath and consider – what next? machinery? Are you and your team required to wear safety apparel or safety helmets? Does health and safety feature regularly in your workplace meetings?
Do you have in place and adhere to a zero tolerance drug and alcohol policy? Do you have registers set up to show that you have everything in place?
Though you may not personally agree with all the changes in the worksafe legislation and wish to hark back to the days when kids climbed trees and rode on trays and trailers, the reality is that this will become the law now and as an employer you are going to be held accountable to the new legislation. By ensuring that you are compliant, you’ll avoid any unnecessary expenditure or wasting your precious surplus cash on fines.
I can hear the disgruntled sounds from those who ‘‘have never done this’’ but this won’t be seen as a means of defence, should an issue be raised and you are investigated.