What is Workplace Health & Safety?
Work health and safety (WHS), previously known as occupational health and safety (OHS), involves the management of risks to the health and safety of everyone in a workplace. This includes the health and safety of anyone who does work for you as well as your customers, visitors, and contractors.
It is a common misconception that WHS is a topic that is often believed to only be relevant to certain types of companies or to employers of a minimum business size. However, WHS is a lot more important than most people realise. WHS is relevant to all branches of industry, business and commerce including traditional industries, information technology companies, national health services, care homes, schools, universities, leisure facilities and offices. WHS affects all aspects of work. In a low hazard organisation, health and safety may be supervised by a single competent manager. In a high hazard manufacturing plant, many different specialists, such as engineers (electrical, mechanical, and civil), lawyers, medical doctors and nurses, trainers, work planners and supervisors may be required to assist the professional health and safety practitioner in ensuring that there are satisfactory health and safety standards within the organisation.
Work health and safety, in any business should aim to: