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With one of the most complicated workplace health and safety legislative systems in the world, many small and medium business employers struggle to understand their obligations.
The Employsure Workplace Safety Index is the result of a research project undertaken in the second half of 2017 by Employsure aiming to track Australian small business’ understanding and confidence in planning, managing, and implementing their workplace health and safety obligations.
As the leading workplace relations specialists in Australia, Employsure set out to further understand the challenges faced by employers, to better serve their more than 14,000 clients.
As summarised in the above infographic, research found that a staggering 80% of Australian small businesses don’t have a firm understanding of their obligations toward workplace safety, and only 50% of employers believe themselves to be fully compliant. Knowledge of industry standards and increased documentation were the two key areas employers felt needed improvement, and complexity of regulations was named as the top issue holding employers back.
Another area of concern was injury in the workplace. Research found that less than 60% of business owners knew their responsibilities should an employee get injured at work and with one third relying on Google for information rather than official sources, there is clearly a knowledge gap that needs to be addressed.
It is reassuring that 83% of small businesses have some sort of workplace health and safety management plan in place, but almost half of employers admitted there was more that could be done to actually implement their safety plan, showing there is still a long way to go to ensure all Australian businesses are safe.
For advice on how to manage workplace health and safety in your business, speak with one of Employsure’s workplace specialists on 1300 651 415.
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