Your questions answered: What are the health and safety requirements for a small business?

By Portner Press on July 11th, 2019
  1. Work Health & Safety Act
  2. Workplace health & safety regulations

Could you please advise what the requirements for a small business are in relation to the need for health & safety policies?  Which policies should we have in place for our staff?
Generally, most workplaces should at least have the following policies in place:

  • workplace health and safety policy;
  • drug and alcohol policy;
  • workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment policies; and
  • smoke-free workplace policy.

In addition, workplaces should have the following health and safety procedures:

  • safety planning and objectives procedures;
  • communication and consultation procedure;
  • hazards identification procedure;
  • risk assessment procedure;
  • risk control procedures;
  • performance monitoring and review procedures; and
  • safety management procedure.

Depending on the nature of your business, it may also be important to include additional policies or procedures, such as those relating to fatigue management, machinery operation and incident investigation.

We would recommend that you review Chapter H4 of the Health & Safety Handbook for more information on the types of policies and procedures that may be applicable to your particular business.

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