Do you know your company’s health and safety policy? With pest control being an industry fraught with risk, it pays to have a watertight policy regarding the safety of you and your team.
Workplace health and safety is a very important requirement for every business. In 2013-2014, a total of 531,800 work related injuries and diseases were reported nationally. In 2013 alone, 196 workers lost their lives.
The toll these injuries, diseases and fatalities have had on families, communities and employers is immeasurable.
The 2012-2013 period yielded a total of 27,690 serious injuries from within the construction and manufacturing sectors alone.
The cost to employers via workers’ compensation claims is substantial, with 117,815 claims for serious injuries being lodged nationally in 2012- 2013 (source: Key Work Health and Safety Statistics, Australia, 2015, Safe Work Australia).
Workplace health and safety is the responsibility of everyone, employers, employees and contractors alike.
Employers in particular need to understand their workplace health and safety responsibilities and as such, should pose the following questions:
- Do we have a workplace health and safety system in place?
- When was the last time we reviewed our health and safety system?
- Do we include my employees when making decisions about workplace health and safety?
- Have we developed processes, procedures, safe systems of work or job safety analysis for our tasks?
Based on your responses, are you confident you are providing your employees with the safest working environment possible?
Irrespective of your industry, each business must have a workplace health and safety system in place.
Within the pest control industry, it is important to identify key areas of safety specific to your industry. For instance working at height, correct personal protective equipment, chemical management and safe storage, slips trips and falls, equipment maintenance and employee training are only a few areas that come to mind when looking into the pest control industry.
When things go wrong, a workers’ compensation claim will likely result. On average, workers’ compensation costs account for 60% of employers insurance spend annually. However, workers’ compensation is viewed as a tax, rather than the manageable financial exposure that it is.
Once again, do you know your obligations under workers’ compensation legislation? Any system you develop should include information on workers’ compensation. Principles like early intervention, suitable duties and proactive medical management should become part of your system language.
If you need assistance with your workplace health and safety or workers’ compensation management, contact Reliance Partners Oakleigh to discuss your needs.