Most companies will develop an annual plan for financial and business growth needs, but how many actually take the time to develop a detailed Health and Safety Plan. Health and Safety planning is essential it can help businesses significantly improve occupational health and safety performance and ultimately business productivity. Recently a Qld government department report that for every $1 spent on health programs there was a return of $5.56 find out more. So heres some simple steps to help you get your planning started!
1. Make time to set a plan - book a meeting, get the right people involved. A health and safety committee is a great group to get involved, if you don't have one of these get together a group of employees and supervisors who can add value. Its best to start early and time it with just before budget planning cycles, but if you missed that boat start now!
2. Do your research - review your last years performance, check out your leading and lagging indicator performance. This is best done and prepared for use at your planning meeting. You can use this to establish your improvement opportunities.
3. Establish improvement opportunities - from your research brain storm or mind map improvement opportunities with your group during the planning meeting. You can highlight priorities at the conclusion of the meeting by reviewing the topics identified. Generally priorities should be set based on risk or bang for buck (that is what is going to get the most improvement the quickest!)
5. Build your plan - take the findings from the meeting and develop / document your plan. If you get stuck checkout our website store for a cheap plan template (or checkout other products on sale now). Your plan should include a description of the action and the desired outcome, as well as responsibilities. Some tasks won't require a budget, where this is required
6. Review your plan - have your group review the plan and get it approved. You should establish regular dates throughout the year where you sit down to check on the progress of your plan. i.e. quarterly. Those responsible for actions should be present to identify the status of actions.
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Alaine Trevor is an OHS Professional, the Director of Custom Safety and Engineering she has been involved in the safety profession for over 10 years. Her experience includes senior management safety and HSEC (Health, Safety, Environment and Community) roles in both underground coal and open cut coal mining for two of the world’s largest mining houses. Click here to read more about Alaine.
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