Management Liability for Not-for-Profit Organisations
Australia has about 60,000 registered not-for-profit organisations, according to the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in those industries with the highest rates of injuries, 43% are small business workers. They include construction, agriculture, mining, transport, manufacturing, and warehousing.
But Australian small businesses can do more to minimise the risks of employees becoming injured at work. Those that adopt best practices enjoy these benefits:
However, in its new workplace health and safety strategy for the next decade, Safe Work Australia acknowledges the challenges that small businesses face in reducing the risks of injury. The organisation says a robust approach need not be costly or complicated.
Safe Work Australia says small businesses in particular want clearer guidance on their responsibilities. So here are our tips to reduce the confusion.
Maybe you’ve noted a risk or near miss or an employee has reported an issue. Think historical slips, trips and falls too. If so, observe staff doing the risky work-related tasks, seek insights into any issues and why they need solving. Be open to suggestions as to how.
Keep these in mind:
Business Queensland offers this guidance for creating and implementing your workplace health and safety systems:
Consider physical and psychosocial risks involving work as well as for those who are based remotely or travelling on the job. Psychosocial risks are ones that could harm someone’s mental health. Tackle the full gamut, including with policies and procedures, for:
As part of a detailed risk management plan, here are some typical risk control measures you might wish to include:
As a small business operator or owner, you will be the PCBU, ‘a person conducting a business or undertaking’. Therefore, you have the primary duty of care to others undertaking work on your site, in transit or remotely, as well as visitors affected by that activity.
Safe Work Australia lists PCBU’s duties as being reasonably practical in ensuring:
The Model WHS laws are set by Safe Work Australia. However, each state and territory implement them as their own laws to make them binding, so be sure to check what applies in your area. Find the full list of regulators here.
Each State and Territory also set down their own laws about workers’ compensation, which is compulsory for all employers. That’s whether your staff are full-time, part-time, casual, an apprentice or have a written or oral service contract with you.
Workers’ compensation helps protect workers suffering a work-related injury or disease. They may be entitled to weekly benefits, medical and hospital expenses, rehabilitation, particular personal items and a lump sum if permanently impaired, says the Insurance Council of Australia.
Your insurance premium is typically based on:
Let us guide you on the best-fit options for your business whether you need to review or take out a new policy.
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