Who doesn't want healthy and productive workers who feel comfortable and safe?
Just hot off the press is the Safe Work Australia Handbook - The Principles of Good Work Design.
This newly published booklet has been created to emphasise how important good work design is to ensure safety, morale and efficiency in the workplace. Creating a compliant and safe work environment needs careful consultation, investigation and the involvement of the workers who will be carrying out the work. What is good work design? It is governed by the below principles extracted from the handbook:
It makes logical sense that a worker's performance will improve if they are in a safe and happy environment where they feel they are not facing unnecessary risks in their day to day tasks. It also follows that when workplace risks or hazards are eliminated, minimised or conducted with a significantly lower exposure to the threat of injury, then loss of productivity will be considerably lessened.
The Code of Practice - Safe Design of Structures states, "A person conducting a business or undertaking that designs a structure that will be used, or could reasonably be expected to be used, as a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the structure is without risks to health and safety". This includes "where maintenance needs to be undertaken at height" and "designing safe access, such as fixed ladders". Are your designs meeting these requirements?