Work Health & Safety

With occupational injuries, accidents and diseases incurring high costs to employers both directly and indirectly, Work Health Options believe Work Health & Safety programmes must be included in management corporate goals.

Work Health & Safety

WHO aids the development of a Work Health, Safety & Welfare (WHSW) management system and if required can assist to continuously improve these systems once your organisation’s baseline health and safety performance has been determined. If required we will work with your organisation to achieve continual improvement, demonstrating both due diligence and competence in the workplace. The first step of the continual improvement process can only begin once an organisation’s baseline health and safety performance has been determined using a competent audit criteria.

In additions to audits WHO provides a number of services for organisations and make comprehensive recommendations including but not limited to;

  • Independent Risk Assessments
  • WorkCover Improvement Notice
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Workstation Ergonomic Assessments
  • Work From Home Assessments
  • Hazard Identification Audits
  • Hazardous Substances / Dangerous Goods Audits
  • Safe Work Method Statements
  • Incident Investigation

Independent Risk Assessments

Our WHS Consultants undertake a range of Health and Safety risk assessment activities to assist your business in identifying task specific hazards. We work with your business and subject matter experts to recommend safety solutions to mitigate the likelihood of an injury from occurring.

Areas which our consultants specialise in include:

  • Transport
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Work Processes
  • Office Environments
  • Electrical Installations

WorkCover Improvement Notice

WHO analyses all improvement notices your organisation may receive, sets an action plan, reiterates that plan to WorkCover/WorkSafe and helps you start rectifying the identified problems.

We will communicate to WorkCover/WorkSafe on your behalf and ensure the notices are completed within a timely manner. Hence a high priority should be placed on Improvement Notices to mitigate a possible fine and negating the issuance of a Prohibition Notice.

The Improvement Notices should be considered as an opportunity to improve an organisation’s WHS Management System and WHO can assist in guiding you through the appropriate changes. If required, WHO can develop and implement your WHS Management System, which will focus on positive cultural change with the aim to prevent fines, prosecutions and more importantly the negative publicity and reputational damage that may be caused.

Safety Management Systems

Our WHS Consultants can work with you to create policies, procedures, forms and other relevant documentation tailored to your business’ needs. We develop your Safety Management System to comply with AS/NZS 4801:2001 - Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and guide you through the accreditation process.

Workstation Ergonomic Assessments

The aim of our Workstation Ergonomic Assessments is to identify potential risk factors for individuals using a workstation and to provide them with strategies to minimise the risk of injury.

An ergonomic assessment involves analysing how an individual interacts with their workstation, their job requirements and the products they are using. WHO can make recommendations to your employees about posture, rest and stretch breaks etc. We can also provide notice of requirements for special equipment.

Work from Home Assessments

A combination of the current dynamic working environment and an increase in flexible working arrangement within our society has led to a larger exposure in term of staff working from home. This risk should not be ignored.

Additional health and safety information is required for home office assessments to ensure that safety processes are in place to mitigate the likelihood of an injury. Where employees are working from home, it is advisable to conduct a home office assessment to ensure that the work environment complies with the organisations WHS Management System and WHS Legislation.

Home Office Assessments are a combination of an Independent Risk Assessment and an Ergonomic Workstation Assessment conducted at an employee’s home.

Hazard Identification Audits

WHO consultants can provide Health and Safety Inspection Audits at your workplace. The inspections are a formalised evaluation of workplace conditions and work practices and are in turn documented with the appropriate advice on conformance with relevant WHS legislation.

We provide comprehensive, but yet reasonable and practicable, recommendations as part of the hazard identification process and work with our clients during the entire implementation and review process

Hazardous Substances / Dangerous Goods Audits

WHO has the expertise to conduct audits of your hazardous substance inventories. During the audit process we provide you with a comprehensive inventory and segregation list and identify recommendations which will assist your business in meeting mandatory WHS requirements.

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)

SWMS are a task-based risk assessment required for all high-risk construction work. SWMS consist of a step-by-step break down of the task, risks and controls to mitigate the likelihood of an injury.

A SWMS has several legal requirements mandated by your regulator. Our SWMS experts can help develop SWMS by developing templates, consulting with employees and contractors to develop content and review your SWMS to ensure they meet legal requirements.

Incident Investigations

If something goes wrong and a workplace incident occurs, the best way of ensuring that the incident is not repeated is by thoroughly investigating the root cause and implementing the necessary controls to manage the risk.

You will have access to our qualified investigators to ensure that your incident investigations are both professional and independent of your organisational factors.

Our investigators will discover the root cause of the issue and enable your business to make changes which satisfy the state/territory regulator, management and employee requirements.