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We’ve been hearing this a lot lately. Businesses feel like they are being YELLED at by Health and Safety consultants. Here are a few sample headlines I’ve found recently;

  • “Get Your Business Health & Safety Legal & Compliant”
  • “The HEALTH AND SAFETY IN EMPLOYMENT ACT 1992 requires you as an employer to identify and manage risks that arise within the workplace.” – yep this one doesn’t even reference the correct Act!
  • “Penalties for breaches to work health and safety law”
  • “Protect yourself and your business from hefty fines”

Apart from being blatantly out-of-date in some cases, this type of approach instills fear and makes the process scary.  It’s not!

Consultants who don't yell

It is a lot easier than you think to get this Health and Safety stuff right, but there is no such thing as a ’free lunch’. You will need to put in time and resource. 

There are some very simple guidelines you need to follow:

  1. Due Diligence
  2. Worker Engagement
  3. Risk Management

How you go about implementing these processes will depend, we believe, on a couple of things:

  1. Ensuring you have a good basic system and processes in place -  that is accessible to all in your business and not just the “Health and Safety Manager/Coordinator/Advisor”. Health and Safety is not an island you visit when there is a problem!
  2. That you and your team are trained to do the work you do safely and competently.
  3. That you have identified Risks in your business and are managing them.
  4. That you have identified potential Emergencies in your business and have a plan in place to manage them.
  5. That you carry out your Due Diligence and most importantly monitor what matters.

There is more, but getting the basics right is a great start.

So, do you need a Consultant? You definitely do NOT need one that is YELLING at you or trying to scare you. 

The way we at All About People work is we partner with our clients to help them build internal capability. I have always said if we are doing our job right we should be doing ourselves out of a job as consultants. This means you do need to set things up correctly, resource adequately and work on a process of continuous improvement.

The most important thing to understand is that doing nothing is not an option.  While there are really good resources available from WorkSafe and other Government bodies - the choice though is yours.  Don’t listen to the YELLING but do act and put the emphasis on building your capability.

We’d be happy to help and we don’t bite (or yell!).

For more information contact us on 0800 023 789 or email info@allaboutpeople.co.nz

Michelle Macdonald, All About People Managing Director

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