Why You Need to Worry about Subbies

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Emma Bentton was interviewed by EzyAccess.net about the potential risks of subcontractors with no WHS training.

The original article can be found here

In this post we want to explore the ramifications of having a sub-contractor who hasn’t undergone any WHS training working on your premises. To this end, we spoke to Emma Bentton, a Work Health and Safety expert and Director of Systems on a Shoestring, a company that launched a series of WHS mobile apps for small businesses.

When a Subbie has No Induction

Sub-contracting is a pretty common occurrence, particularly in the construction industry. But the danger occurs when a sub-contractor arrives at a site to complete a job, and hasn’t been given any formal induction or WHS training.
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Demonstrating due dilligence

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Emma Bentton discusses how you can use enforceable undertakings to demonstrate due diligence and learn from them to avoid being prosecuted for an alleged contravention of a state’s WHS Act.

One of the responsibilities for anyone with control in your business (referred to by WorkCover as officers) is to demonstrate due diligence. This means officers must demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to avoid committing an offence in breach of work health and safety (WHS) acts.

One way to meet your responsibilities is by acquiring knowledge, keeping up to date with health and safety issues, and adjusting your work practices in response. A good place to start is by staying abreast of WHS or enforceable undertakings, and using them as a way to proactively manage your WHS and demonstrate due diligence. (more…)

Safety...it's personal

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Personalising safe work method statements ensures compliance, increases safety, and can save a company from bankruptcy

When it comes to high-risk construction work, a safe work method statement (SWMS) is essential. An SWMS needs to list the types of dangerous work being done, list the health and safety hazards and risks arising from that work, describe how the risks will be controlled, and explain how suitable measures will be put in place.

While one SWMS can be prepared to cover a variety of tasks, a generic SWMS will rarely take into account the changing nature of the work environment. This is especially true on construction sites, particularly domestic construction, where a principal contractor is working with numerous sub-contractors on a job.

Below are a few ways an SWMS can fail on the worksite: (more…)

SOAS featured on VIdeo. Social. Marketing.

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Successful Business Owners Talk Social Media

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Emma Bentton, Systems on a ShoestringA few weeks ago, through the course of Social Media Mastery I met Emma Bentton – a very smart operator who specialises in WHS (workplace health & safety).  Emma is a dynamic consultant who certainly is a very smart operator – and surprisingly, very social.  In the analytical, compliance based, risk averse world of WHS, she is a real live spark.  Emma loves social media and the opportunities it offers – read more below about her about her approach to Social Media and how it works in her business to drive relationships and leads.

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Working in the heat! Did I do that?

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As the Australian defence force investigate whether or not they are responsible for starting a bush fire out by Lithgow and the subsequent lose of homes, livestock and bushland. Now is the time to make sure your small business isn’t asking itself “Did I do that?”

Regardless of who you are and the business you are in the warning is clear “this is going to be a long hot summer”. Now is the time to review your plans for the coming months and assess will my workers be safe, will my work affect anyone else and if so do I  have adequate controls in place to ensure the safety of yourself,  your workers  and the communities in which you operate. (more…)

Workplace Consultation

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Do you need to discuss safety with everyone in your workplace?
YES it is essential for all PCBU[1]’s to consult with employees, contractors, work experience, volunteers and suppliers etc

Do you know when you last discussed safety with your employees, contractors, work experience, volunteers and suppliers?
If you answered no – read on

If you answered – yes fantastic. (more…)