Health and safety in the workplace is so important. They do not only protect employees and minimise risks. They also help to retain valuable skills, increase productivity, and generally improve business outcomes.
However, this doesn’t mean that workplace health and safety is the sole responsibility of business owners and managers. In fact legally, the management of health, safety and the wellbeing of those in the workplace is a responsibility that must be shared between workers and persons conducting a business or undertaking.
In Australia, there is a new Work Health and Safety Act 2011, which defines “health” as both psychological and physical, and states that by working together to manage health risks and maintain wellbeing within the work environment wherein business owners and workers can ensure that everyone working remains safe and healthy.
In the past few decades, the integration of effective and meaningful systems has been a priority in Australia for some time. In line with worldwide research, it was found that where workers have a mutual responsibility to actively support health initiatives and health and safety programs. That is the reason why they are more responsive and positive about healthy behaviour and changes in lifestyle.
Workers and management can help to create an environment where workplace health and safety is paramount. To learn more about workplace health and safety, you should read this important post from the Australian Government Website: https://www.business.gov.au/Info/Run/Workplace-health-and-safety