Is Your Approach to Health and Safety Broken?
Is your approach to Health and Safety broken? How can you know?
Today Zane and Alice share how you can tell if your approach to the ol' H&S is broken. And you'll learn what you can do to fix it.
When do you focus on Health and Safety? Are your employees involved? And if you're a small business do you need to worry about Health and Safety?
We now cross to the studio.
Hi there, and welcome to another Workshop Wednesday.
We are back. So Zane, we were having a chat the other day and you mentioned how someone's approach to health and safety was broken.
Would I say something like that, Alice? I'm quite PC, so definitely not.
Well, what did you mean by that? Because you did say it.
OK, well, we won't talk about any situations, but the reason I said that was for three things about that person that I was talking about (and if it was you, you know who you are).
Reason number one, they only talk about safety when someone in their business has an accident, or they break something. Then all of a sudden their Health and Safety stick, they get it out from in their drawer, and the big manager desk,and they start beating the staff with it.
So I think that's an issue, right? Because the only time that safety comes up is when it impacts them negatively.
Yeah. So it's not being a part of every day.
No, it's absolutely not a part of every day work.
Number two, their philosophy, and they've said this to me a couple of times, is that, oh hey, look, we're only a small business, we don't need to worry about all that health and safety stuff. What do you reckon about that?
Well, I guess small businesses often do the exact same work that large businesses do, just on a slightly smaller scale.
Yeah. If you're digging a hole, right? And you could fall in, get crushed in it all, squishes you, it doesn't matter who you work for, it happens, small business or large business, big trouble. Completely mental.
And I guess the third thing that I was talking to this person about, and frankly, I told them that I thought their system in approach was broken, was that they said, oh no, Francie, the office lady she sorts all that safety stuff, yeah? And I know that that person is a part-timer, doesn't really know what goes on out in the field and all that kind of stuff.
Health and safety can't happen for three hours on a Tuesday.
How can that possibly be right?
So those are the reasons that I think their health and safety was broken.
Clearly, we've got lots more ideas, that's why we have all these Workshop Wednesdays and stuff. But you can see what I kind of think and our values are very different.
So, our three things to know if you guys have got your health and safety that's a bit broken, number one.
Number one is that you only talk about safety when something's broken, or some got hurt.
Number two is, you think that safety is not necessary in a small business. That's a problem.
And number three, you've delegated the safety to the office person and they're allegedly going to make sure everyone is safe and we don't create the wider team being actually safe.
So, yeah. Check it out, have a think, reflect on where you are and if you think those things, have a look through the PeopleSafe website and check out what we think should be different.
Wonderful. That's another Workshop Wednesday.
See you next week.