1. Make sure all paid staff and volunteers complete a comprehensive induction when they start, and re-induct them annually.
  2. Make sure everyone understands all the risks in your organisation, and that you have adequate controls in place to manage them – the simplest way of doing this is to create a Risk Register.
  3. Make sure you think about all the types of emergency scenarios and have a written emergency plan that everyone in the organisation understands.
  4. Make sure you have the appropriate policies and procedures in placed which are signed by everyone.
  5. Develop a process for reporting hazards, incidents and accidents.
  6. Develop a Health and Safety Policy and review it annually.


Rebekah Vincent,
Managing Director
Oak Consulting NZ

(Published with permission)