Did you know that your business is required to have policies and procedures in place to deal with workplace bullying? Just because it’s never been an issue within your business doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for it. Then if it does rear it’s ugly head, you will be able to deal with it confidently, knowing exactly what your obilgations are.
Workplace bullying is defined as repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety.
Safe Work Australia has produced a Guide to Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying booklet. Click on the link at the bottom of this page to download a copy of the guide.
The guide provides information for business owners and managers on how to manage the risks of workplace bullying as part of meeting their duties under the health & safety laws.
It includes guidance on what workplace bullying is, how it can be prevented and how to respond to reports.
The following list details what is included in the guide.
How workplace bullying can occur
Impact of workplace bullying
Who has duties in relation to workplace bullying
How can the risk of workplace bullying be managed?
Preventing Workplace Bullying
Identifying the potential for workplace bullying
Controlling the risks
Monitoring & reviewing
How to respond to workplace bullying
How to respond to a report of workplace bullying
Principles when responding to reports of workplace bullying
Balancing confidentiality and transparency
Actions after reports of workplace bullying are resolved
Who should conduct an investigation
Informing the parties of the investigation
Outcomes of an investigation
Work, Health & Safety regulators
Fair Work Commission
So, my suggestion would be to download this guide and start putting your workplace bullying policies and procedures into place.
Don’t forget, if you get stuck just shoot through an email to us, and we’ll be able to give you a hand.
It was with much surprise and even more delight that we have been nominated for and are now a finalist in the Work, Health & Safety Queensland award in the “Best Work, Health & Safety Practices in Small Business 2015” category. We didn’t even know that these awards existed, so to be nominated was really nice.
This award recognises high standard work health and safety practices in small business.
There are two sections to the awards, one for “Safe Work” and one for “Return to Work”. The “Safe Work” section has 8 award categories in it, and the “Return to Work” section has 5 award categories.
Anyone can nominate their own or another business for an award each year by going to the Worksafe Queensland website (www.worksafe.qld.gov.au).
Yes, we’ve all heard it before. We see it on the tv (queue the Grim Llama), we hear it at the beginning of every season, but how soon do we forget or get complacent?
It is very easy to forget about the power lines, poles and stays while you are cutting in the paddock. It’s late in the afternoon, the sun is in your eyes, you’re trying to keep an eye on the haulout next to you and then bam ……. power pole! Next thing you know you are in a whole lot of bother!
Do you know what to do if you or one of your employees or growers come in to contact with power lines? Here’s some information from Ergon Energy:-
Try not to panic, remain calm and stay in the vehicle until the power has been isolated and the powerlines removed. Don’t risk being electrocuted by attempting to leave the vehicle before power is disconnected unless it is absolutely necessary.
Advise anyone near the incident site to stay a minimum of 8 metres from the vehicle and anything else in contact with the powerlines.
Treat all powerlines as if they were “live”.
Call 000 immediately to report powerlines down and a life threatening situation and contact your electricity supplier to switch off the power.
It’s a good idea to include some electrical safety training with your employees during their pre-season induction and remember to discuss electrical assets (when relevant) in your toolbox talks each shift.