Every employer has an obligation and a duty of care to their employees to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Employers need to ensure they are compliant and up to date with Occupational Health and Safety legislation and regulations. They need to assess their business risk profile regularly to make sure they have the right practices in place to mitigate potential risks and hazards.
Occupational Health and Safety is now more commonly referred to as Health and Safety or Health, Safety and Wellbeing. It involves creating a work environment where all employees feel safe and where their wellbeing is supported. This should be at the core of any organisations’ employee engagement strategy. Occupational health and Safety should not be considered a legislative requirement only. The health, safety and wellbeing of all employees should be considered a core value and integral to building a strong and sustainable business.
Employee Wellbeing is about how your job, tasks, expectations, stress levels and work environment affect your overall health and happiness at work.
Employee Wellbeing is also linked to:
- Improved employee engagement and morale.
- Higher productivity and performance levels.
- Reduced absenteeism.
- Reduced staff turnover and therefore reduced recruitment and training costs.
- The attraction and retention of the best employees.
Health, safety and wellbeing programs and initiatives can lead to physical, mental and emotional benefits for employees and provide long term, sustainable benefits to the employer.
shilo.consultants can provide advice and assist you to develop and implement Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing (OHS&W) practices including:
- The development of an OHS&W, workers compensation and injury management strategy.
- Understanding and developing the OHS&W policies and procedures legally required to ensure compliance with federal and state Health and Safety legislation.
- Undertaking OHS&W audits, including risk assessments.
- Providing professional advice and guidance on OHS&W policies, procedures, guidelines, tools and checklists.
- Creating an employee wellness program that could include health seminars, work-life balance workshops, resilience sessions and programs, and team building activities.
- Designing health and wellbeing services aligned to your business requirements.
- Advising on employee flexible working arrangements including teleworking and complying with home office ergonomic assessments to enable working from home.
- Case management services that can address grievances, bullying and harassment and/or breaches to OHS&W policies and procedures.
- Review and management of Workers Compensation and Injury Management practices, processes and policies.
- Development of OHS&W training and communications.
- Determining OHS&W reporting requirements, frequency and what is required to be captured in relation to risks, issues and incidents.