WHS Policy (Workplace Health and Safety)

$79.00 inc. GST

 Last Updated May 6, 2020
  All Australian States & Territories

★ Show your commitment to providing a safe workplace

★ Clearly outline the responsibility of employees and others in contributing to a safe workplace

★ Useful part of an employee induction pack

★ Take some simple steps to safeguard your business

★ Drafted in plain English by Australian Lawyers

★ Complete our WHS Policy template in under 5 minutes

What is a WHS Policy?

A WHS Policy (Workplace Health and Safety Policy) is the document that outlines your commitment to ensuring the health and safety of your employees and others in your workplace.

The goal of this policy is to achieve a safe and incident free workplace. Having a good workplace health and safety policy and procedure in your business helps to ensure risks are identified and managed appropriately.

 

Do I need a WHS Policy?

Yes! Business owners have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for their workers and other people that interact with their business. Part of this duty is to identify and eliminate or reduce risks.

By having a workplace health and safety policy, it shows people the steps you’ve taken to achieve this. It also sets out clear guidelines as to how your staff and others need to contribute to a safe workplace.

 

What does the WHS Policy template cover?

Our WHS Policy template covers:

Manual handling – lifting and handling heavy items

★ Slips, trips and falls – risks from poorly-lit areas, slippery surfaces, trip hazards etc

★ Electrical safety – electrical appliances, power boards and power cords

★ Ergonomic issues – height and alignment of desks, chairs, computer screens etc

★ Working from home – procedures and rules for working from home

★ Work-related travel – health and safety risk assessment if an employee is required to travel for work

★ Injury procedure – what to do if there is an injury

★ Smoking – non-smoking policy on business premises

★ Evacuations – procedure for emergency evacuations

★ Housekeeping –  general rules and guidelines for safety

★ Notices and signs – appropriately advising people of risks, hazards and safety information

 

How do I use a WHS Policy?

We recommend that you complete the following:

  1. Complete our WHS Policy template for your business, including all of the rules you want to set
  2. Conduct a regular audit of workplace health and safety in your business
  3. Provide the policy to all employees and require them to sign off on it
  4. Complete regular training and send reminders to all staff about their obligations
  5. Check your insurance policy to make sure you have adequate coverage.

 

What are my Employer Obligations?

You have an obligation as an employer to ensure the health and safety of workers. This duty extends to work that they complete remotely or from home. Having a Working From Home Policy can help you meet these obligations by providing guidelines for safe work. We also recommend you have a WHS Policy to formally document the responsibility of employees and others in contributing to a safe workplace.

The COVID19 pandemic has forced many businesses to implement working from home arrangements for the first time and introduced new risks which you may have never faced or anticipated before.

It’s important to understand that employers may be liable for injuries and incidents sustained by workers in their homes even though they have little control over the home environment.

 

What are Model WHS Laws?

In 2011, Safe Work Australia developed a single set of WHS laws to be implemented across Australia. These are known as ‘model’ laws. For the model WHS laws to become legally binding, the Commonwealth, states and territories must separately implement them as their own laws.

Safe Work Australia is responsible for maintaining the model WHS laws, but they don’t regulate or enforce them.

WHS regulators in the Commonwealth and in each state and territory are responsible for regulating and enforcing the laws in their jurisdictions. The model WHS laws have been implemented in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Commonwealth. Some jurisdictions have made minor variations to make sure the legislation is consistent with their relevant drafting protocols and other laws and processes.

The model WHS Act forms the basis of the WHS Acts that have been implemented in most jurisdictions across Australia.

The main object of the Act is to provide for a balanced and nationally consistent framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces.

 

Is this WHS Policy template legal?

Absolutely!

All of our templates have been drafted by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.

We are affiliated with a commercial law firm based in Sydney.

Who is this for?

★ All types of business

★ Any business which wants to identify and manage risks in the workplace

★ Any business which wants to document their commitment to ensuring the health and safety of employees and others in the workplace.

How does it work?

Our process is designed to be as EASY as possible – you could be up and running in as little as 5 minutes.

1.  Select the WHS Policy in the Shop and click Add To Cart.

2.  Proceed to Checkout and complete your purchase.

3.  You will receive an email with a download link immediately after you have completed your purchase.

4.  Open the document in Microsoft Word and complete the highlighted fields with your personal information (name, ABN etc). Your document will be ready to go in minutes!

Why You Need This

Show your commitment to providing a safe workplace

Clearly outline the responsibility of employees and others in contributing to a safe workplace

Avoid Risk

This policy will help you to avoid risk and achieve a safe and incident free workplace.

Protect your business and assets

As the old saying goes, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

You never know what will happen in the future, but it is vital that you have a policy in place to identify and manage risks in the workplace.

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