Companies have had to deal with a myriad of workplace challenges throughout 2020. The fact that many business’ have met these challenges head-on is a testament to their strong work ethic, as many have developed innovative ways for their employees to work in industry compliant, safe workspaces. With the year almost over, many companies will be eager to go into ‘Holiday Mode’, in which they slow down operations as they prepare for the Christmas break. However, the holiday season brings with it several unique Work Health and Safety challenges, and business’ wanting to stay atop of these would benefit from the implementation of an OH&S Management System. Doing so helps business’ meet holiday season challenges head-on, and safely ring in the new year.
The Christmas season is often one of the busiest, most profitable, times for business’, with companies across all different sectors facing industry specific holiday season challenges. For example, retail companies need to prepare for the Christmas rush and demand, which is often met by employing temporary staff, extending opening hours, and modifying the physical workplace environment to ensure it stocks the in-demand items. Business’ in other sectors also have to deal with industry specific OH&S concerns, including ensuring that all projects are finished in a suitable time-frame, that the office Christmas decorations do not affect the ergonomics of the workplace setup, and so on.
To ensure that organisations are adequately providing a safe, industry compliant, workspace for staff and customers during this, and future, holiday period, organisations should consider migrating to the new work health and safety guidelines, The International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 45001:2018 OH&S Standards. These internationally certified, proven successful, Occupational Health and Safety guidelines are replacing the existing workplace OH&S standards, OHSAS 18001 and AS/NZS 4801, and business’ that want to remain industry compliant have until September 2021 to migrate.
However, with the holiday season and new year almost upon us, and workplaces across Australia altering their operations to prepare for the holiday period, there has never been a better time for business’ to demonstrate that they care about the physical and mental wellbeing of their staff than now, by migrating to these standards. It provides business’ with proven successful strategies for developing an OH&S Management System, which aids in creating a systematic, standardised approach to developing a strong work health and safety culture, which can be tailored to all kinds of working environments.
One of the central benefits for business’ achieving certification to these standards is that they provide a holistic, individual focused, approach to developing strong OH&S practices, which can help in both running the operations smoothly and safely on a daily basis, and help the business stay safe and compliant during temporary changes and alterations to operations, such as providing for the increase in customers during the holiday season.
Help your staff have a safe Christmas
When it comes to developing effective OH&S practices across a workplace, it is best to be proactive. This means not merely addressing OH&S issues and risks after they have impacted operations, but rather, actively working to recognise potential OH&S threats, and how they could impact operations and the safety of employees, and then taking active steps to ensure that the threat is mitigated, that the impact to operations is minimised, and that there is a clear incident-reporting procedure in place. The ISO 45001 Standards are the ideal solution for companies looking to adequately provide a safe, compliant, work environment, as they address a huge scope of potential risk factors, and offer easy to implement solutions to protect your business from them. Some of the benefits these standards offer to business’ are:
- A safer, streamlined, enhanced business operations. By clearly implementing these standards, employers are working to reduce workplace incidents, in the form of illnesses, injuries, and burnout. This demonstrates to staff a commitment to their wellbeing, and improves productivity.
- Developing a degree of safety and consistency across the whole organisation. By ensuring that all the different departments and divisions of an organisation comply with these standards, you are helping to ensure your business strives towards optimum performance in every regard. This ensures that your business is safe, secure, and not trailing the competitors in any safety issue.
- Developing strong internal auditing procedures that act as a preventative measure to ensure all potential OH&S risks are safeguarded against, and that the organisation is running exactly as it should be.
- Developing a system with effective processes for identifying and protecting staff, customers, and operations from potential OH&S risks. This in turn maximises the chances of the operations running safely in both normal and high-pressure environments, such as Christmas season.
- Maximising potential profits and upholding the reputation of the organisation by demonstrating a commitment to individual and operational safety. This opens trading doors between organisations, can lower insurance premiums, and maximise profits, with more potential customers willing to deal with the business.
Santa means Safety And No Threats Audit
Being so close to holiday season, business’ may be facing some seasonal OH&S risks when it comes to safely running their operations, such as a lax attention span in employees, burnout, and an influx of Christmas shoppers creating potential social distancing problems. Rather than attempt to address each potential concern on an individual basis, it is beneficial for business’ to work at implementing the ISO 45001 Standards, so they can adequately address the physical and mental wellbeing safety requirements of their staff, customers, and clients.
Through implementing these standards, employers are showing that they are concerned about the wellbeing of their staff at all times, in both normal and high-pressure situations, and is taking industry-recognised steps to ensure their staff can complete their work duties in a safe, productive environment. This kind of Above and Beyond measure can help companies stand out from their competitors, and ensure that Santa Claus comes to their workplace – a Safety And No Threats Audit, with existing safety Clauses to ensure your business achieves its operational goals.
If you would like to know more about how the implementation of these OH&S Standards safeguards your business in both normal and high-pressure situations, then please give Anitech’s safety systems consultants a call today on 1300 802 163. By telling them about your organisation, and the specific OH&S challenges it faces, they will be able to explain in a straight-forward manner how these standards could be implemented across your business to help it achieve its organisational safety goals in a manner least disruptive to the daily operations. Isn’t this the kind of Santa Claus you would like at your workplace?
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