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.

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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…)

Systems on a Shoestring featured in the Courier Mail

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System on a Shoestring’s Simple Safety Apps are featured in the Courier Mail.

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Safety app makes red tape simple

AS THE political battle over Australia’s massive red tape burden on small business intensifies, one enterprising specialist has found a silver lining – creating an app that drastically simplifies health and safety compliance.

Systems On A Shoestring’s Simple Safety app, available on both iTunes and GooglePlay, has already helped carpenters, hairdressers and cafe owners navigate complex workplace requirements.
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