Our Sydney based expert workplace health and safety lawyers are pleased to announce an alliance with Marc McLaren
of Generative HSE Pty Ltd
, one of Australia’s leading providers of workplace health and safety solutions. Our clients will now benefit from the seamless delivery of a full workplace health and safety service.
What is workplace health and safety?
Workplace health and safety is one of the most heavily regulated areas that business owners and operators came across in their day to day operations. As a business owner or operator, you have far reaching legal obligations to provide and maintain a safe and healthy workplace. These obligations do not just relate to your employees, but also to the people who interact with your business. You cannot contract out of your legal obligations in relation to workplace health and safety. If you try, that part of the contract will be deemed to be void. While there are general legal obligations relating to workplace health and safety that apply to all businesses, there are many industry specific obligations that are set out in guidance and codes of practice. Much of the industry specific guidance and codes of practice has been approved by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and has the force of law. Even the guidance and codes that do not have the force of law may still be used as evidence of good practice in the workplace, and as such, is ignored at risk. There may be serious consequences for not complying with your obligations. Not least of which include putting your workers’ health at risk. If you do not comply with your legal obligations, you may be personally responsible and may risk fines or even imprisonment.
Owen Hodge’s workplace lawyers in Sydney, in conjunction with Generative HSE Pty Ltd provide a full range of services to ensure that you comply with all your obligations in relation to workplace health and safety.
You legally obliged to have in place a systematic and ongoing process to identify risk. We can carry out a comprehensive risk audit for you. We can also work with you and your employees to develop a tailored and realistic plan to help you put into place the processes to identify risks going forward. In our risk assessment, we carry out a comprehensive review of your workplace environment including the physical space itself, any equipment, substances and materials in use, the work tasks of your employees and how they are performed and the management of those work tasks. We identify and suggest provision for your vulnerable workers. Our audit includes not only identifying the physical risks but also the psychological ones.
Once risks have been identified, you are obliged to assess how you are able to control them. As far as reasonably practicable, the law requires you to eliminate (preferably by prevention) or minimise all risk identified. There are many industry specific risks, the management of which is prescribed in detail in the law. If you have identified any risks, the management of which is set out in the law, then you must comply with those obligations. You are not required to eliminate the risk if the cost of doing so is out of all proportion to the risk. We are able to advise you on the balance between risk elimination and cost.
You have legal obligations in relation to the prevention of risks through certain measures including information, training and monitoring the health of those affected. Generative HSE Pty Ltd provides a huge range of risk prevention programmes to ensure your employees have the information and training that they need to support the prevention of risk in your organisation. We are also able to provide tailored programmes to suit your needs.
Incident Response and Crisis Management
Your legal obligations cover the way you respond to accidents that occur in your workplace including the way that they are recorded and reported. In conjunction with Generative HSE Pty Ltd, we are able to advise you on your response obligations. It is in everybody’s best interests and also your legal obligation to work towards prevention of accidents in the workplace. However, when accidents do occur, our Sydney workplace lawyers can provide a fast, seamless and expert service to help you manage the crisis. We offer a full crises management service that includes:
- a 24/7 crisis response service whereby one of our team of expert lawyers can come to the scene of an incident and advise you or your representative to ensure that you respond in a manner that assists your situation should your organisation be subject to litigation as a result of the accident; and
- Advising on and handling any proceedings that arise as a result of an accident or claim. Together with Generative HSE Pty Ltd, we can provide you with practical and timely advice that is appropriate to the size and nature of your business, helping you to address all your workplace health and safety needs. Call us today at 1800 770 780 or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation with one of our experienced workplace lawyers.
What’s Next? Together with Generative HSE Pty Ltd, we can provide you with practical and timely advice that is appropriate to the size and nature of your business, helping you to address all your workplace health and safety needs. Call us today at 1800 770 780 or contact us via email@example.com for a consultation with one of our experienced workplace lawyers.
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