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Sample Workplace Compliance Checklist Template

What is Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Compliance?

Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) is the term used to describe the steps taken to protect workers,
customers/clients, contractors, visitors, volunteers, or any other people associated with your
business premises, workplaces, or services. Before WHS, this was known as Occupational Health and
Safety (OH&S), WHS involves continually assessing a physical business location or their practices and
standards to ensure that everything complies with several standards, sets of obligations, and

Businesses are legally required to comply with WHS legislation

This includes;

• Providing a safe working environment to all
• Mitigating security risks
• Promote safety and control risks
• Promote a safety culture and ensure all workers are aware of their own workplace health and safety obligations
• Maintain safe facilities, machinery, and materials — provide and promote safety procedures
• Ensure goods and substances are used and handled safely
• Maintain a safe and suitable working environment
• Guarantee that insurance and worker’s compensation policies are kept up to date and relevant

Your WHS obligations will vary based on the industry or environment you work in, so it’s always
important to seek independent advice on this before implementing WHS systems. While some
requirements regarding compliance with WHS standards may – at times – seem costly to implement,
there are many benefits to keeping your workplace and work practices safe.

These benefits include:

• A minimized risk of injury or illness in the workplace
• Reduction in public liability claims
• Lower cost of worker’s compensation
• Higher staff retention
• Increase worker productivity
• A decrease in loss from security concerns

Business owners are legally obliged to ensure their business complies with national standards and
to mitigate any risks. Heavy penalties are put in place if this is not met. Because of this, it’s very
important to become familiar with your obligations as soon as you begin your business so that
you’re not breaking the law or exposing yourself to injuries/harm or incidents towards others,
property/equipment/asset damage, and/or other associated costs.

Who to contact in regards to WHS

The WHS legislation that applies to your business is enforced by Safe Work Australia and the WHS
authorities in your state or territory. You can find contact information for your state or territory
regulator websites at Safe Work Australia.

These organizations are able to advise you on WHS regulations and legislature, provide guidance on
a safe workplace, and provide licensing and education/training to you and your employees. Educate
yourself on the industry-specific information around WHS standards.

While paper-based forms are great for managing your workplace safety and compliance, digitalizing
your safety management system can bring a whole heap of benefits.

Donesafe’s powerful safety management system is suited for all industry types, allowing
organizations to easily create the perfect system to match their business requirements, a system
that all employees can use.

Complete all your safety checklists, and incident reporting forms, online, anytime, anywhere, from
any device. Use the real-time reporting and data gathered over time to continuously improve your
workplace safety.

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