Hey it’s Andrew here from fidesa.com.au
Our mission at Fidesa is to help clarify and simplify work health and safety for small business owners like you, which doesn’t just give you safer and healthier people, we also help you improve your businesses top and bottom line too. Better people, better business.
We had a question come in from Facebook, which is a real cracker from Brenton. He asks
“What do you need in place if just getting started?”
Now this answer will help you get started no matter whether you are literally just starting a business, or are just starting to get more organised with your health and safety in your existing business.
Before I give you my answer to Brenton’s question, I wanted to just flag with you that it sort of suggests that we need some ‘thing’ in place for health and safety, which is partly true. I talk about things vs outcomes in another video which you should check out on our website, it’s called things vs outcomes.
So first, what outcome are we trying to achieve? Let’s not kill or seriously injure anyone. Sound like a good idea? It might sound obvious, but too often we get caught up in the obvious visible safety stuff like high vis clothing or signage, which often means we don’t focus on the important stuff.
So how do we not kill or seriously injure anyone?
First, Stop and ask yourself “how would a death or serious injury happen in my business?” Think about your own experiences, stories you’ve heard, or things that have happened in your industry. You ^will know these when you stop and think about it.
Next, ask yourself “What am I doing to stop that from happening?” Just list off everything you are already doing which you think will reduce the chance that one of those deadly situations happening in your business.
Lastly, ask yourself “What else could I do to be even more sure we avoid those situations?”
So 3 questions, and the answers you come up with: what can go seriously wrong, what am I doing about it now, and what else could I do to reduce the chance that someone will get killed or seriously injured?
This is a great way to get started working on health and safety in your business. Notice that we haven’t talked about paperwork or procedures or checklists or a bunch of training or spending bucket loads of money. As a business owners, you need to confidently know the answers to these questions, and in particular if you figure out there is more you can do, you’ll need to take action to sort that stuff out.
If you have a question about improving your business with great health and safety, shoot me a question on Facebook, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org