Environmental Safety in the Workplace

With increasing pressure across all areas of life for a safer, cleaner environment, Australian business need to take additional care when handling dangerous or hazardous substances.

Government regulation together with peak industry bodies and private enterprise can provide small businesses with guidelines, training and expert solutions.

These solutions not only reduce the environmental risks associated with hazardous substances, but can also increase consumer confidence.

Australian businesses needs to know what the risks are, what the obligations for safe transport, storage, use and disposal are and what training is available in order to meet the compliance obligations.

According to Adam McDean, CEO of BusinessBasics, Australia, “When it comes to the operation of a company, taking care of the employee’s’ health and well-being is the primary concern. The safety of the environment is a key factor that impacts this.”

As a responsible member of the community, the business and company owner must consider the condition of the environment by complying with the laws and regulations set by government bodies such as Safe Work Australia.

They are required to establish measurable work, health, safety, and environment (WHSE) targets and objectives.

They have the responsibility of informing employees with regards to the hazards that may harm them, and provide safety and environmental training for employees, as well as contractors.

Determine the most common hazardous substances


Hazardous substances and dangerous goods are the type of substance and material that can have an adverse effect on the health and condition of the worker as well as in the environment.

There are several hazardous substances and dangerous goods found in almost every product available in the market which include explosives, gasses, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizing substances, corrosives, radioactive materials, toxic and infectious substances, and miscellaneous dangerous goods.

Most of the substances mentioned above are used in various products such as pesticides, fertilizers, chemicals, fire extinguisher and safety equipment, cleaning products, pesticides, paints and more.

However, improper use and storage may wreck havoc the health of the employees and the environment.

Because of this, it is important for the business owners to ensure that the employees know the standard operating procedures when dealing with hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

Conform to the Australian government regulations


The Australian government provides a strict and stiff policy when it comes to the proper storage, transport and handling of hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

The Government follows the Australian Dangerous Goods Code which requires the proper classification of dangerous goods, segregation of dangerous goods while in transit, safety procedures and precautions during transit.

Completion of required documents, appropriate packaging and labeling of the substance, and the standard operating procedures are also required while transferring hazardous chemicals and dangerous goods.

Determine the importance of proper and adequate training


To ensure that the company complies with the rules and regulations, it is also important to train the employees to work effectively while dealing with hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

Gain the consumer trust and confidence

Nowadays, the consumers tend to be more aware of the environmental actions of the companies.

The company who complies with the rules and regulations has a higher tendency to get more customers and clients.

Reduce the risk and hazard

The well-being of the employees and the environment is important to ensure that the company will continue to grow and prosper.

Thus, minimising the risk and hazard can secure the safety of employees and the environment.

Diminish the waste that can affect the employees and the environment

Responsible business owners know the importance of dealing with the welfare of the environment.

Of course, they also know the dangers that the waste coming from hazardous chemicals can do for the environment.