When workers are engaged in work health and safety, then everyone benefits. Your business is a healthier and safer place for everyone, and performance and productivity increases. It’s a win-win!
Understanding your duties
Under the Health & Safety at work Act (HSWA), businesses have a duty to engage with workers and enable them to participate in improving health and safety. The PCBU must:
Together with your workers, you can determine the best way to meet these duties. What is reasonable and practicable will depend on workers’ views and needs, the size of your business, and the nature of its risks.
The PCBU must:
When is engagement required?
You need to engage and consult with workers who are directly affected by a matter relating to health and safety. This includes when:
It’s important to have meaningful and effective H&S talks. It’s good for people and it’s good for business. This doesn’t mean hour-long talks or lots of documentation, it’s simply about approaching H&S with the right attitude and aiming to get everyone involved.
HazardCo makes it even simpler to do this with our ‘Toolbox Meeting’ feature on our HazardCo App – handy for making sure everyone on-site is up to speed with the latest goings-on.
You can also check out the health and safety at work strategy for worker engagement, participation, and representation here.
If you need a hand getting started or would like more information, get in touch with the friendly HazardCo team today.