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Getting started - Compliance at a glance

What do I need to do to comply?

Queensland workplaces are covered by work health and safety, electrical safety, and workers' compensation legislation. To comply, you need to ensure the safety of your workers and others affected by your work.

You can show that you are compliant by having an effective safety management system including workers compensation insurance.

In its simplest form, a safety management system is a set of linked policies and procedures for work health and safety in your business.

A good safety management system can keep you and your workers safe and healthy, improve customer perception and may help you win tenders. It should suit your business needs, and include information that you will use and understand.

Your safety management system

The Serious about safe business pack can help you develop or review a safety management system for your business.

The pack includes a self-assessment checklist, useful information and templates that you'll need to get started.

Management commitment Consultation Workers' compensation and return to work Reporting safety Training and supervision Safe work procedures Action plan

Serious about safe business: 3 steps

Step 1 – Fill out the Compliance at a glance: how do you rate? checklist (PDF, 149.22 KB).

Each of the six elements has three rating levels of performance, known as the traffic light system. After filling out the checklist, if you tick in the:

  • Green zone – you are likely to have effective safety practices in place and will need to maintain these.
  • Orange zone – you are on the right track, and there are still opportunities available for improvement.
  • Red zone – it is likely that you are not managing these health and safety issues effectively.

Step 2 – Refer to the advice sheets and information pages for each of the six elements by clicking through the image above. The advice sheets and information on these pages will help you to improve your safety, depending on the traffic light rating.

Step 3 – Develop an action plan for improving your work health and safety. You should start with the areas where your rating was in the red zone, followed by those in the orange and green zones.

For a more comprehensive benchmarking tool see the Organisational Systems Benchmarking Tool

Last updated
02 May 2017

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