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Five items you must have in your Health and Safety budget

Have you budgeted for all your Health and Safety expenses? If you haven't, you can end up losing profit from unexpected Health and Safety expenses. We'll show you how to curb these expenses by having these five items in your Health and Safety budget

Have you budgeted for all your Health and Safety expenses? If you haven't, you can end up losing profit from unexpected Health and Safety expenses like first aid training, restocking your first aid kit and fire extinguishers. The list is almost endless.

But you can curb these costs if you have a Health and Safety budget in place. Let's look at five of the items you must legally include in your health and safety budget.

Five items you must have in your Health and Safety budget

1. Establish all the risks in your company's daily operations (Section 8(2)(d), OHS Act). To do this you must do a risk assessment. If you don't have the necessary experience or training in this, budget to hire specialists in this field to assist you.

2. Inform your employees of the risks in their daily roles and the workplace (Section 13, OHS Act). There are different ways you can do this. Such as posters, toolbox talks, informal training sessions, safe work procedures, etc. These internal communications will cost you money.

3. Appoint and train your Health and Safety Representatives if you have more than 20 employees (Section 17, OHS Act). You need to budget for the training of your Health and Safety Rep's.

Keep reading for the last two items you must have in your Health and Safety budget

Two more items you must have in your Health and Safety budget

4. Budget for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), if you use PPE to control your risks

5. You must provide first aid equipment. Registered training providers need to train your First Aiders and you need to include this training cost in your budget. Remember to also budget for the purchasing and replenishing of your first aid kit items

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