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Health and safety in sustainable business practice

Health and safety management systems, processes and practice should avoid creating unnecessary complexity and unjustified costs, being as streamlined as possible while maintaining clarity and effectiveness. Streamlined and focused safety processes should contribute to a sustainably profitable and efficient organisation.

Position Statement: Streamlining processes

"The SIA believes that safety management systems must focus on hazards that have major consequences, however likely they are to occur.  Safety efforts must not be distracted by an unwarranted focus on hazards of minor consequences that are less likely to occur."

Education

We believe that all key stakeholders in health and safety, including employer groups, unions, regulators and other government agencies have an obligation to do their part to ensure that their own stakeholders and the wider community are educated about workplace health and safety and to encourage active engagement in reducing harm.

Position Statement: Education and Training needs of non-WHS personnel

"All people at all levels in organisations are required to have an understanding of their health and safety risks and obligations relevant to their role. This is best achieved through induction, information, consultation, training and conversation. The SIA believes that health and safety training should be tailored to the needs of people in order to achieve the best level of safety understanding possible."

Position Statement: Safety governance and leadership of Boards and Senior Management

"The SIA recognises the vital role of Executives and Board Members in influencing attitudes to health and safety in workplaces for the better, defining expectations of safe work practices and setting standards for all involved in the business. This role goes beyond legal obligation and is based on knowledge that safe work contributes positively to successful and sustainable businesses."

Health and Safety Performance and Productivity  

Investment in health and safety is an opportunity for greater business success, rather than simply a cost. 

Workplace health and safety is often perceived as a burdensome cost without understanding the safety and productivity benefits that the costs create. However, good health and safety management is good for business in many ways, including having significant potential to increase productivity. Equally, in enterprises, procrastinating on necessary safety changes can increase the cost and the perception of the burden.  The safety profession advocates for a better understanding of the positive role that good health and safety management plays in creating more profitable and sustainable enterprises. 

Business and government would greatly benefit from improved data sources, to measure health and safety performance.

Position Statement: Public health and safety reporting

"The SIA advocates for the establishment of a national health and safety benchmarking which can be used for regular reporting to Federal and State governments."