Do you know your responsibilities?

Hey there, business owners!

Let’s talk about keeping your workplace safe from the sneaky risks of slips, trips, and falls. According to the WHS Act and WHS Regulations, everyone in the workplace plays a part in managing these risks on the same level. But as a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), you’ve got some specific duties to fulfill to ensure safety for your workers and workplace.

If you’re the one in charge, you’ve got to make sure that your workplace, entry and exit points, and everything that comes with it are free from any risks to health and safety. It’s all about providing and maintaining a safe work environment and facilities, which might involve sharing responsibilities with others like landlords or property managers if you’re renting a space.

To tackle slip and trip hazards, you need to focus on creating and maintaining safe workspaces and systems. This includes things like ensuring entries and exits are slip-resistant under wet and dry conditions, providing adequate space for work, and keeping all floors and surfaces safe for everyone. Lighting is crucial too, making sure everyone can work and move around safely, especially during emergencies.

When it comes to entries and exits, there are some key things to keep in mind. From slip-resistant surfaces to wide and unobstructed walkways, to handrails on staircases, every detail counts in creating a safe environment for all workers, including those with special needs.

And let’s not forget about information, training, and supervision. Workers need to be trained properly to carry out tasks safely, so make sure they’re clued in on slip, trip, and fall risk management, specific risks in your workplace, and how to report any problems or issues that pop up.

Remember, keeping records of the training and information you provide is essential. So, stay on top of your PCBU duties and keep that workplace safe for everyone. If you need more info, check out the PCBU duties for a deeper dive into these responsibilities.

Let’s all ensure everyone goes home safely every day!

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