Your questions answered: What health and safety policies must we have?

By Portner Press on September 5th, 2019
  1. Work Health & Safety Act
  2. Workplace health & safety regulations

Which health & safety policies are compulsory for employers? Is there a minimum standard?
There is not a ‘set’ minimum standard for health and safety policies, as this changes based on the size, and nature, of each particular business.

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 also 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 Health and Safety Policies and Procedures in the Health and Safety Handbook for more information on the types of policies and procedures that may apply to your particular business.

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