Another major component of the Act is managing workplace hazards. A PCBU must, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure:
This means organisations should consider and plan for the health and safety of employees, contractors, sub-contractors, visitors, customers and people whose health and safety could be affected by the organisation’s work. Remember, a self-employed person is a PCBU and must also, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure his or her own health and safety while at work.
See also the WorkSafe Fact Sheet - A Way to Identify, Assess and Manage Work Risks - click here
PCBUs must, so far as reasonably practicable:
Plant includes anything that can be moved, including: machinery, vehicles, vessels, aircraft, equipment (including personal protective equipment) appliances, containers, implements, tools and any component of one of these items. Structures include buildings, masts, towers, frameworks, pipelines, quarries, ridges and underground works
To meet health and safety duties, risks that arise from work must be effectively managed. Risks to health and safety arise from people being exposed to hazards. A hazard is anything that can cause harm. HSWA clarifies that ‘hazard’ includes behaviour that has the potential to cause death, injury or illness (whether or not that behaviour results from physical or mental fatigue, drugs, alcohol, traumatic shock or another temporary condition that affects behaviour).
Before deciding how to manage work risks PCBUs should think about risks more broadly across the work being conducted and the contributing factors.
Risks must be eliminated so far as is reasonably practicable. If a risk cannot be eliminated, it must be minimised so far as is reasonably practicable. PCBUs must take these steps to the extent within their ability to influence and control the matter to which the risks relate.
The processes or equipment put in place to eliminate or minimise risk are called control measures. For minimising risk, if the risk is well-known and if there are commonly accepted ways to manage it, these control measures should usually be used.
You can download our sample template from our website or from Worksafe NZ (http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/tools-resources/health-and-safety-templates).
You firstly need to identify and document any hazards in, on and around your property. Take the register and walk around your property with fresh eyes, entering all rooms and document any hazards you find - these could include the work you do, the tools you use and the environment both inside and out.
When looking at any hazards identified, Worksafe provide the following information:
Lastly weigh up the cost:
For other duties such as worker engagement and participation duties, the above definition does not apply.
Floor tiles in the bathroom – are they non slip tiles? If they are not, is it reasonably practicable to replace them? This will depend on the size of your bathroom, the chance of tiles becoming wet and slippery but it is most like probably not reasonably practicable to replace them. Is it reasonably practicable to provide a non slip floor mat? Yes. Is it reasonably practicable to leave them as is? No.
You should regularly review your property assessing for new hazards and review existing hazards and the controls in place to manage them.
Information sourced from Worksafe NZ