It is important to emphasize to employees that they can talk freely about health and safety and that they have an assessable system in place that provides an open transparent conduit by which they can voice their concerns.
It is important to provide a formal, scheduled meeting, or even an ad hoc open session to receive regular feedback. Simple forms posted on bulletin board announcing discussions on health and safety issues are encouraged.
Each day, an average of 9,000 U.S. workers sustain disabling injuries on the job, 17 workers die from an injury sustained at work, and 137 workers die from work-related diseases. The economic burden of this continuing toll is high. Data from federal studies published in 1997 showed that in 1992, direct and indirect costs of occupational injuries and illnesses totaled $171 billion. These costs are compared to costs for other major health problems in the chart at the top of the next page.
The function and purpose of regulations is to give details of requirements that must be observed in the workplace. Regulations are the second tier of current legislation. While they are subordinate to the existing laws, they still represent legal requirements, and failure to comply will generally be an offence punishable by a fine.
The Act (Workplace Hea...
ce Health and Safety Act 1995, is about making workplaces and work practices safer for everyone.) (The State of Queensland (Department of Employment and Industrial Relations) 2006. broadly outlines the legal obligations employers and workers have to workplace health and safety. The Regulations set out goals for meeting these legal obligations and making workplaces safe. Employers and workers can tailor safety measures to the needs of individual workplaces provided the outcomes specified in the Regulations are achieved.
Work Related Injury Procedure
Report it to your supervisor.
Seek medical attention if needed
Complete the internal Incident/Accident/Quality Improvement Report form.
Complete a State Accident Report form available from your health care provider.
2.2 Health & Safety verses Commercial Performance
The concept of improving safety versus maintaining commercial performance it has under discussion in most boardrooms across country. In 2000, corporate safety analyst suggested firms submit their views on the concept in writing. These comments were reviewed and compiled in a paper that was discussed at a forum for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in December 2000.
The national submissions indicated that there are philosophical differences between companies about whether their financial performance has in any impact support role departments, such as safety. It has been concluded that, while the actual level of safety achieved in all participating firms is probably much the same, this is difficult to prove in a quantitative way. In practice, all safety regulations approaches require improvements to be made to correct deficiencies and when otherwise warranted. However, the various descriptions of