How to safeguard your business and potentially save money.

“I don’t have the time or money to manage compliance.”  If this is something that you have muttered, or you are too busy “running the business” to have time to manage health, safety and environment risk, then you need to have a bit of a rethink.  If something goes wrong, you could be up for $100,000’s in fines, significant increase in insurance premiums and even possible personal criminal charges if you are the “person conducting a business or undertaking” (PCBU).  For a small to medium size marina, a serious incident could be catastrophic to the business if you do not have appropriate management systems and processes in place.

In 2011 new Work Health and Safety Legislation was introduced in all states except for Victoria and Western Australia.   The overarching statement within the new Acts is that a PCBU must exercise their “duty of care” when managing health and safety in the workplace.  While this is a fairly broad statement, it has very sharp teeth.

The MIA has the number of marinas in Australia at around 400.  Ten of these sits under a one owner corporate structure and there are a few multiple marina owners of smaller sites, but it’s fair to say that the bulk are non-institutional smaller owner operators.  Most of these businesses do not have the luxury of head office support.  They are required to do everything on their own and can struggle to put appropriate systems in place.  If you’re in this boat, and don’t know where to start, the following items underpin an adequate risk management system.  It is worth dedicating the time, or engaging an appropriate consultant to implement these systems;

  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management Policy
  • Risk Register
  • Health & Safety Management Plan
  • Environmental Management Plan
  • Environmental Protection Plan (For those sites that have fuel in NSW or something similar in other states)
  • Mooring, berthing, haulout and other permitted use forms
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan
  • Maintenance Plan
  • Staff Training and Competence matrix

If you don’t have these systems in place, you are exposed.

Implementing these systems are a total waste of time if your workers don’t know about them or are not trained in how to react in an emergency.  Consultation with your team during development of plans, awareness and regular training is essential to continue to exercise your “duty of care” and ensure your capability to manage an incident.

If your business needs help in this area, Coriolis Marine is placed to develop and deliver the full suite of “marina specific” risk management systems for your business including training your team.  Contact Brett Bolton on phone 0414 228 051 or for an obligation free appraisal of your business risk management systems.  Author: Brett Bolton

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