Workplace Safety. How’s yours?

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If you operate a business, the Work Health and Safety Act states that you are legally required to provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace for yourself and your workers, volunteers, customers and visitors.


The primary object is to protect workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety and welfare through the elimination of risks or minimisation of risks arising from work or from particular types of substances or plant.

The best way to do that is have a documented Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) in place. Do you have one in your workplace?

A few facts!

Every 15 seconds, in the world a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease and 153 people experience a work-related injury. And now there’s new data that workplace accidents are on the rise!

According to recent calculations by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) 2.78 million deaths occur due to work yearly. This equates to almost 7,700 people dying every day of work-related injuries and diseases!

The economic impact of failing to invest in worker safety and health is nearly equal to the combined GDP of the 130 poorest countries in the world

Keeping your workplace safe!

To keep your workplace safe, you need to ensure you have a documented WHSMS in place. What you don’t want to be a huge document that nobody will or can read easily.

It needs to cover the work tasks undertaken and emergency procedures plus a lot more and is best if it meets a recognised Standard.

Australia is moving away from previous Standards and replacing them with ISO45001 which is a globally recognised Standard. Previous standards will become obsolete in the next few years with a definite timeline to be announced.

Shorlink’s Recommendation

If you don’t already have a WHSMS in place then we strongly recommend you start the process of developing one now

Already have one in place then we recommend undertaking a complete review to ensure it continues to meet your business requirements.

Further to this we recommend you consider to upgrading your current system (if you have one) to meet ISO45001 requirements which are recognised worldwide.


If you are considering engaging someone to develop your WHSMS please ensure they have maritime industry background and develop you a complete WHSMS not just a what to do manual.