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Safety – Big Risk For Small Business

Wednesday, June 30, 2010   By Mike Reddy


As an employer, you bear a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of people in your workplace. It is a huge mistake to believe that your business is accident proof and now is definitely not the time you want to get hit with a payout to an employee or customer who suffered injury on your premises.

DON’T PANIC, implementing good health and safety measures does not have to be complicated, expensive or time consuming. Get started with these common sense occupational safety and health practices.

Fire Safety And Electricity

    • Undertake a fire risk assessment
    • Keep basic fire fighting equipment on hand
    • Regularly inspect fire fighting equipment, sprinkler and alarm systems, wiring, heating, air-conditioning equipment and refrigeration units
    • Train employees in emergency procedure
    • Display posters about how to deal with fire and electrical faults and include phone numbers to call in case of emergency
First Aid And Accident Reporting
    • Appoint a suitably trained employee as First Aid officer
    • Offer training to other employees in first aid techniques
    • Train employees to report and log notifiable accidents
Hazardous Substances

    • Identify and document procedures for the handling of all hazardous substance
    • Train employees in the proper procedures for storage, dispensing, moving and using hazardous substances
Manual Handling

    • Do a risk assessment – which tasks involve manual handling, can any be automated?
    • Train employees how to handle heavy loads
Work Equipment And Protective Clothing
    • Provide suitable and adequate work equipment and protective clothing
    • Keep equipment and protective clothing maintained
    • Train employees in the proper use of equipment


    • Check that the workplace/customer areas meet regulation standards for  ventilation, lighting, temperature, cleanliness and size of working/walking areas and keep areas rubbish free


    • Take out employers' liability insurance

Mike Reddy is a Chartered Accountant, business coach and advisor helping businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast to easily increase their profits and cash flow. He is currently President of the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce, a Regional Councillor for Sydney North East and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sydney leadership team. As well as advising businesses, Mike presents business development seminars and webinars and is regularly contacted by the media to comment on small business matters. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.