12 ways to make small business safer: A handbook for workplaces

How to identify and control health and safety hazards in small businesses to make them safer.


What it contains

This handbook outlines 12 workplace health and safety hazards identified by WorkSafe inspectors when visiting small businesses. Employers can use this handbook as a guide to identify and control hazards in their workplace. Topic covered in the handbook include:

  • manual handling
  • housekeeping and slips, trips and falls
  • storage and racking, including how to avoid storage systems being overloaded
  • working at heights
  • storing and using chemicals and fuels
  • fire safety and evacuation procedures
  • first aid and equipment
  • electricity
  • machinery and equipment
  • noise
  • asbestos
  • protecting young workers and business insurance

At the end of the handbook, there is a safety action plan template to address low, medium and high priority small business hazards.