10 Oct Raising the Benchmark on Safety Management
With an increased focus on health and safety practices in the workplace, it is no surprise the construction industry is at the forefront of the most hazardous, due to its unique nature. On any one site, workers can encounter anything from working at heights to moving objects, slips, trips and falls not to mention noise or vibration syndrome and even asbestos.
With the fear of prosecution for safety breaches, there appears to be an increased financial burden, highlighting Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) as a major issue for many small businesses. The mandatory requirements for all construction companies is to provide a safe work environment for its workers and subcontractors.
Construction companies of all sizes are required to develop policies and procedures, OHS forms, checklists and registers along with emergency and environmental plans, that meet the minimum Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) regulations. For many small businesses there is insufficient resources or funds to engage an organisation to establish these minimum requirements.
Benchmark Scaffolding considers the safety of their workers and sub-contractors to be of the utmost importance. When establishing our Safety Management System, we engaged the services of industry experts to ensure the longevity of our business and the safety of our workers.
Our Safety Management System (AS/NZS 4801:200) complies with the Australian Standards and delivers effective risk assessment. It methodically streamlines the management of safe practices and supports our goal of a Zero Harm target.
When it comes to safety, Benchmark Scaffolding applies our ‘Safety First – Second Nature’ principle.