Accidents are, by definition, unexpected. However, they’re often predictable when looked at with hindsight. Many disasters happen because of something that people knew was unsafe, but it was accepted as everyone was used to it.
Little things can build up and cause significant damage or injury, so it’s a mistake to overlook them. If you think about the worst thing that could happen, ensuring the little things are safe and working correctly is part of making sure it doesn’t.
Make sure everyone in your organisation is happy to speak up if they see something that could be wrong. A big aspect of continuous improvement is about constantly checking things are as they should be and fixing anything that isn’t as soon as possible. Doing this will ensure you have a safer, healthier, and compliant business.
Displaying good governance can be very hard to nail down. It may just seem like lots of talking and reading reports without ever feeling you’re making an improvement. However, you can use a variety of tools to ensure you’re performing your governance duties well, such as:
More information about how to use these tools can be found in the Health and Safety Guide: Good Governance for Directors(external link) document, which was put together by WorkSafe and the Institute of Directors (IoD).