We recognise that small to medium-sized business operators rarely have the resources to support a full-time consultant or an extra employee to manage OHS&W. Aware365 provides a very affordable plan for business owners, with payment terms to help you maintain your cashflow balance.
“I just don’t have the time… and cashflow is tight”: addressing the concerns of small business operators
We get it: introducing new procedures equals time to train staff, which equals lost profit, right? And what about all the paperwork? No small business operator wants to be spending precious hours setting up record-keeping documents, writing lengthy policies and reading through legislation.
Here’s how we can help you meet compliance standards without causing time pressure or financial stress:
- Fitting in with workflow: we will show you how to introduce procedures so they fit with the flow of your day-to-day operations.
- Package options: some businesses may already have thorough processes in place that just need a little tweaking; others may require a complete safety overhaul. Whatever the case in your business, aware365 has “ready-made” package options that can be tailored to your requirements.
Can you afford not to? Weighing up the costs
The Model Act and Model Regulations contain significantly higher penalties than existing laws.
Here are some examples of penalties under The Model Act’s three categories of offences.
Category 1 applies where there has been reckless conduct exposing an individual to the risk of death, serious illness or injury. Your company could be liable for up to 3 million dollars in damages, and you as operator could face a $600 000 fine and up to three years jail.
Category 2 offences arise where there has been a failure to comply with the OH & S duty, exposing an individual to the risk of death, serious injury or illness, but without the element of recklessness. Your company could be liable for up to 1.5 million dollars in damages, and you as operator could face a $300 000 fine.
Finally, Category 3 applies where there has been a breach of a health and safety duty but there is no risk of death, serious injury or illness e.g. a minor injury. Your company could be liable for up to half a million dollars in damages, and you as operator could face a $100 000 fine.
The other costs
The above costs only relate to penalties faced for failure to meet compliance standards. But business operators also face many other costs if a workplace safety incident occurs. The costs can be broken down into:
- Time: including lost time of employees, time taken to treat and injury and your time in filling out paperwork and dealing with any legal ramifications.
- Money: including lost revenue due to loss of employee time, in addition to any insured and uninsured costs.
- Ongoing “hard to calculate” costs: for example the loss of business and professional reputation.
Take the stress out of safety: call aware365
It’s in the interests of yourself as a business operator, your business, your employeesyou’re your customers to ensure you meet compliance standards. When weighing up whether the financial and personal trauma caused by an OHS & W incident against the cost of having an expert help you create an easy to implement, affordable safety plan, the decision should be easy.
For more information on affordable safety solutions for your business, or for an obligation free quote, why not contact us today.
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