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  • What is a health and safety audit?
  • What is a health and safety audit?
    This week I want to tell you all about health and safety audits, who needs them, why you have to have them, and a simple tool you can use to do your audit with the questions you need to ask in them. But, it occurred to me you might not know exactly what I mean when I say 'audit'. So, let's start there ... What is a health and safety audit? The Health & Safety Advisor says 'a health and sa... ››› more
  • [09 December 2016]
  • These three tips will have your annual safety audit done by the end of the day today
  • These three tips will have your annual safety audit done by the end of the day today
    Annual safety audits are an imperative part of health and safety. They ensure your company complies with your health and safety rules and laws like the OHS Act. The problem with safety audits is they tend to take weeks to prepare and complete. There's all the planning, question setting, document collecting and target choosing to do first. But what if I told you there's a way you can turn this ... ››› more
  • [08 December 2016]
  • 7 reasons why you should conduct a health and safety audit
  • 7 reasons why you should conduct a health and safety audit
    You have a legal obligation to protect the health and safety of your employees. The best way to do this is to conduct a health and safety audit to identify problems in your health and safety system. This way you can prevent problems before they happen! Let me tell you more... ........................................   No more piles of paper: use the very best available programme... ››› more
  • [07 December 2016]
  • Six ways to help you manage contractors in your workplace
  • Six ways to help you manage contractors in your workplace
    I recently attended a health and safety training course and was taken aback by how many of the delegates had problems with their contractors. As a result, I decided to dedicate todays article to give you some very important methods to help you keep those contractors in line. Let's start with the most important! #1: Make your contractors sign a contract! Have a contract signed to ensure complian... ››› more
  • [08 November 2016]
  • 4 Steps to complete your own comprehensive health and safety system
  • 4 Steps to complete your own comprehensive health and safety system
    One of the many complaints I hear from our subscribers is that they really want to do what's best for the health and safety of their company, and their employees. But they don't always know exactly how. Sometimes, the problem is that you just don't know where to start. But, once you get the ball rolling, you feel pretty confident that you have a grasp on all the important issues. Here's wh... ››› more
  • [05 October 2016]
  • There's no such thing as 'casual labour'...
  • There's no such thing as 'casual labour'...
    If you're like most small businesses I know... ...When it comes to doing the odd bit of maintenance around your workplace... ... Or hanging up your pictures in the office... ...Or washing your windows on the second floor... ...You take a drive to the nearest Builder's Warehouse to pick up a desperate individual or two looking for a job. Now, it seems rather harmless. You're helping the jo... ››› more
  • [03 October 2016]
  • Do you even know what a Health and Safety Rep is and why you should have one?
  • Do you even know what a Health and Safety Rep is and why you should have one?
    I write to you daily about all sorts of health and safety issues and topics. And I know sometimes I throw around a lot of terms quite loosely... Like health and safety rep... And it occurred to me, some readers may be new to my daily bulletin. And some may be new to their health and safety position. Some may even be small business owners who are just learning about health and safety laws they ar... ››› more
  • [30 September 2016]
  • He hit me in the face with a spade! Who must I report this to?
  • He hit me in the face with a spade! Who must I report this to?
    Working on a construction site, I'm sure you have many 'horror' stories to tell about incidents on your site... My childhood was filled with my father (who managed a concrete plant for many, many years) coming home with tales of his stressful, but interesting, days. Stories like... … Being thrown off a silo by a very disgruntled and aggressive employee… … One of his employees being c... ››› more
  • [05 September 2016]
  • My dad almost sliced his finger off on-site, what should we do?
  • My dad almost sliced his finger off on-site, what should we do?
    It's not as far-fetched as one would think... That's right, it happened to my father (who owns and manages a concrete and brick factory) just the other day... He was working with one of his mobile cranes on-site. They jacked the mobile crane up to remove the wheels, when it got stuck. My hands-on dad and one of the employees, Sam, lifted the platform up slightly. Sam let go as it was too hea... ››› more
  • [31 August 2016]
  • My 7 tips to do your health and safety audit like a pro!
  • You must do a legal compliance audit at least once a year. And the best news is, as long as you choose a competent person, anyone in your company can do it. Here are my top 7 tips to help your employee perform your health and safety audit like a pro... Dear Reader To see if your health and safety system is legally compliant, you should do a compliance audit at least once a year. You need to cov... ››› more
  • [15 April 2016]
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