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Health and Safety Checklist: for your business

Updated: Jan 3

The below checklist provides key questions owners, directors and even managers can ask to determine whether they are meeting their health and safety responsibilities and accountabilities.

 How do the director/s and all managers demonstrate their commitment to health and safety?


 How do you ensure that the business risks are assessed and appropriate mitigation measures put in place?

 How does the business involve its employees in health and safety?

 How do you ensure that your business health and safety targets are challenging, realistic, and aren’t creating unintended consequences?

 What data are you or your managers receiving on health and safety? Is this sufficient?

 How does the business ensure all employees are competent and adequately trained in their health and safety responsibilities and accountabilities?

 Does the business have sufficient resources (people, equipment, systems, and budget) for its health and safety programme?


 How connected are you to what happens at the business work sites? What measures are in place to inform you?

 Does the business have a schedule of audits and reviews to ensure the health and safety management system is fit for purpose?

 How do you ensure that actions identified in incident reports, audits, and reviews are communicated to the appropriate level within the business and effectively addressed by the business?


 Does the business have policies and processes in place to ensure contractors used by the business have satisfactory health and safety standards?

 How does your business performance compare with other comparable businesses, and how do you know?


 How do you recognise and celebrate success?

Key Aspects of a Health and Safety Management System


Hazard & Risk Management

Businesses must identify and assess work-related health and safety risks. During organisational change, risk assessments should be undertaken so that the health and safety impacts can be understood and managed. There must be processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety caused by the work.


Incident Management

Businesses should have well-defined processes for reporting and investigating incidents to identify root causes and then to respond to these in a timely way. The aim of incident management is to identify and implement remedial actions to prevent the incident happening again.


Emergency Management

Businesses should develop plans for managing potential emergencies that may arise in the workplace. These plans should be communicated to all persons working on site. Plans should be regularly tested by simulation.


Injury Management

Businesses must have processes for ensuring that injured persons are properly cared for. In the case of serious injuries and fatalities this care should extend to families and work-mates.


Worker Engagement

Businesses must have processes for engaging with their workers on health and safety matters. These processes should cover engagement generally and the specific circumstances when an organisation is legally required to engage with its workers.


Worker Participation

Worker participation practices should be put in place so that workers can effectively participate in improving health and safety on an ongoing basis. Participation practices should provide workers ongoing ways to raise health and safety concerns, get and share information about health and safety issues, offer suggestions for improving health and safety, contribute to decisions which affect work health and safety, and be kept informed about health and safety decisions. Businesses must have appropriate processes for receiving and considering information regarding incidents, hazards and risks and for responding in a timely way to that information.


Working with other Businesses

Businesses must have processes in place to consult and co-ordinate with other company's/businesses where they also have duties under HSWA in relation to the same task or activity.


Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a fundamental part of any management system. Continuous improvement also includes the audit and review process.


Two functions that overlay the system are resourcing and leadership. The business must be provided with the resources required for it to operate safely. This includes people, plant and equipment, systems and budget. Leadership should be shown at all levels throughout the company. Management must define its commitment to health and safety, establish objectives, targets and plans for giving effect to this commitment, and lead the business in their achievement.


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Scott Little - Leafcutter Business Support Health & Safety Specialist

Scott has excellent communication skills and an eye for detail. With a Diploma in Workplace Health & Safety Management, Scott has 14 years of experience in this sector. Using the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 as a guiding document, Scott will develop a system specifically for your operation. Scott has worked with a wide range of sectors including agriculture, commercial, building, avaition, and tourism. He will bring a fresh approach to your operation and its Health & Safety.




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