November 30, 2018

Meeting occupational health and safety obligations

Across Australia and New Zealand the introduction of new OH&S legislation has mounted new obligations on organisations to ensure their staff are safe and appropriately supported.

In 2012 Australia introduced new Workplace Health and Safety Laws (WHS) to take over from the disparate OH&S laws that were previously governed and managed on a state-by-state basis. These new WHS Laws make laws and regulations more consistent across Australia and provided new outlines around the requirements of organisations.

New Zealand adopted similar obligations in the  Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA 2015) which came into effect in April 2016.

As a business, you have legal responsibilities to implement health and safety practices in your workplace. You need to ensure that your business takes all practicable steps to avoid creating health and safety problems for your employees, contractors, volunteers, visitors, customers or the public.

By knowing and understanding these WHS laws and how they apply to your business, you'll be able to implement systems and policies to help you avoid the unnecessary costs and damage to your business case by workplace injuries and illness.

Smartrak is here to assist with addressing specific elements of your WHS policies and systems, especially surrounding workers in remote, solo or high-risk roles, and those who are using the company fleet/driving.

Smartrak's Fleet management system provides your organisation with the tools and information to identify risky behaviour to provide an opportunity for these risks to be addressed.

Smartrak encompasses a range of tools and systems to provide up to date information on individual driver behaviour and provides Driver Score Cards for each driver. By sharing this information with your employees you can make them aware of their risky behaviour and allow them to address it.

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