Understanding Due Diligence
The new Work Health and Safety Act defines compliant Due Diligence as taking reasonable steps:
- To acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge of work health and safety matters
- To gain an understanding of the nature of operations of the business or undertaking of the person conducting the business or undertaking and generally of the hazards and risks associated with those operations.
- To ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has available for use, and uses, appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.
- To ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has appropriate processes for receiving and considering information regarding incidents, hazards and risks and responding in a timely way to that information.
- To ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has, and implements, processes for complying with any duty or obligation of the person conducting the business or undertaking.
- To verify the provision and use of the resources and processes referred to in points 2 and 5.
To ensure that both legal and moral obligations pertaining to the new Model Work Health and Safety Act are met, Drake Safety integrates Due Diligence Compliance Strategies into the delivery of all Safety Services and Training Programs.
These strategies include:
- Developing, implementing and maintaining effective WHSMS;
- Building a proactive Behaviour Based Safety Culture; and
- Implementing and managing successful Hazard Management and Injury Management Programs.