Creating a health and safety plan

26/04/16


Creating a health and safety plan

Not all business environments are created equally, so making sure you have the right health and safety plan for your business is important.

Take Tandem for example. We are in the digital media business, where our team works in a studio environment and also out in the field. Sometimes we have contractors on site, and other times we have contractors out and about working for us. So, having employees working solely in our building from 9-5 is not our norm.

So what sort of plan would work for businesses like ours?

After reading our first blog on the new workplace health and safety legislation, here is a good starting point for making your own health and safety plan here.

Then there are the different types of health and safety templates – including accident investigation and trained first aid officers; things you’ll need to know in an emergency; a guide to writing a health and safety plan for your business; and a useful link for managing risk in your workplace (this is the new term in the legislation).

Here are some handy links for the legislation changes for a PCBU – that’s a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’. While a PCBU may be an individual person or an organisation, in most cases the PCBU will be an organisation (for example, a business entity such as a company.

A PCBUs main task is primary duty of care; obligations to manage hazards; the meaning of “reasonably practicable”, and working with other businesses and overlapping duties.

And here is a very good mythbusting link for workers – including how workers are protected under the new act for reporting dangerous work environments.

Tandem is currently working on the release of health and safety videos which cover more of this information. Video is an excellent communication tool to cost effectively induct everyone on your worksite under the new health and safely legislation. No matter the language everyone understands the visual medium of video. Until the release of these clips you can find out more at the WorkSafe website. 

Here are some examples of businesses we've worked with in the past who have required induction videos for all staff before going on a job. See this example we made for Ngai Tahu. This video was created not only to set the standard for incoming employees but also to promote and market their ventures. 

Another example of this was the EQC Safe6 videos. EQC and Fletcher saw the importance of focusing on safety risks. Tandem produced a safety video that could be used internally to help communicate the importance of safety and how new employees should approach the job.