Health & Safety Governance

Health & Safety Governance

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Moving Beyond Compliance:
Health & Safety Leadership for Today

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (the Act) includes the requirement for those holding the role of an 'Officer' to proactively undertake due diligence on their organisation (PCBU), to ensure their organisation is complying with its duties and obligations. Under the Act, Officers includes any other person occupying a role in the business that allows that person to have significant influence over the management of the business, for example directors, partners, and chief executives. 

Under the Act, unless the context otherwise requires, officer means, as a:

Company

It's any person occupying the position of a director of the company by whatever name their role is called.

Partnership

Other than a limited partnership, it means any partner.

Limited Partnership

It means any general partner.

Body Corporate

(or an unincorporated body)
It's anyone occupying a role that is comparable with that of a director of a company.

However, an Officer is not...

A person who merely advises or makes recommendations to a person that hold the position or role of Officer

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What is Health and Safety Governance?

Health and safety governance refers to the system of policies, processes, and practices that an organisation establishes to manage and oversee health and safety risks in the workplace. It encompasses the structures and mechanisms in place to ensure that the organisation complies with relevant laws and regulations, as well as its own internal policies, to protect the health, safety and well-being of its employees and other stakeholders.

Health and Safety Governance establishes clear lines of responsibility, ensuring leaders and managers (the Officer's) are accountable for health and safety performance. This involves undertaking due diligence activities to ensure the development and implementation of well-defined policies, risk management processes and assessments, employee training, compliance monitoring, and continuous improvement efforts.

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In relation to the act, due diligence includes taking reasonable steps to acquire, and keep up to date, knowledge of work health and safety matters. Officers must gain an understanding of the nature of the operations of the organisation and generally of the hazards and risks associated with those operations.

They must ensure that the organisation has available for use, and uses, appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety from the work carried out as part of business activities. An Officer is to ensure that the organisation  has appropriate processes for receiving and considering information regarding incidents, hazards, and risks and for responding to them in a timely way.

An Officer must also ensure that the  organisation has, and implements, processes for complying with any duty or obligation the organisation under the Act, and verify the provision and use of the resources and processes referred these points above.

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Why Your Organisation Needs It

The importance of health and safety governance extends across various types and sizes of organisations. Large corporations benefit from its coordination across diverse departments and locations, while medium-sized and small businesses gain crucial risk management and legal compliance advantages. Nonprofits, government agencies, manufacturing companies, service industries, and construction businesses all find value in health and safety governance tailored to their specific contexts. In essence, a good health and safety governance framework is essential for protecting employees and stakeholders, minimizing risks, and ensuring legal compliance.

How We Can Help You

Premier Partners

Safe365 is a digital health and safety system in the cloud that enables businesses to assess, manage and improve their health and safety performance. As premier partners, we offer a free* business assessment that highlights your areas of focus, and we help you keep on track.

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Authorised Assessor

The SafePlus on-site assessment looks at how work is done, with input from people across your organisation. It offers increased confidence about how well an organisation is managing its health and safety risks – and increased assurance that they are focused on and investing in the right things. 

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Approved Partners

Noggin turned to solve the big problem of incident management and organizational resilience. Our goal was to help people manage disruption, smarter. We wanted to do it exceptionally and make a difference along the way. Our partnership allows us to sell and support development and implementation.

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Position your health and safety leadership as a transformative strategic endeavour, not just a compliance obligation.