SME's Are you WHS 2022 Ready?
17 March 2022
Are you WHS 2022 Ready?
Work health and safety duties for small businesses
New Work Health and Safety Legislation will be implemented in Western Australia on the 31st of March 2022 that businesses must comply with.
If you’re a person conducting the business or undertaking (PCBU), you must ensure workers’ and others’ health and safety. That includes if you are a sole trader, self-employed, a partner or you lead a company or organisation.
If you own the business, or you make decisions that affect the business, you have duties as an officer. You must exercise due diligence and make sure the PCBU complies with their health and safety obligations, including:
- ensuring there are appropriate practices or systems of work in place
- actively monitoring and evaluating health and safety at the workplace.
Workers’ compensation in small businesses
Most businesses must have workers’ compensation insurance. You must ensure that you have the appropriate covers in place. Workers’ Compensation Insurance covers payments to workers with a work-related injury or illness including:
- lost wages if they can’t work
- medical costs and rehabilitation expenses to help them return to work as soon as possible.
Safety leadership in small business
It’s important for small business owners to lead a workplace culture of positive health and safety practices. Then your workers are more likely to follow safety procedures and raise safety issues. A positive culture means better Work Health and Safety Compliance. You avoid incidents and injuries, minimise stoppages and save money.
WorkSafe WA has some great resources for small businesses to assist you to ensure that your business or organisation is compliant. You can browse the information library by clicking here.
If you operate a small business and need some guidance or support to understand what the new WHS Laws mean to your company, please contact our professional WHS Consultants at our wholly owned subsidiary WHS Total Solutions to discuss your specific needs today on +61 6169 3435.