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Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities
All hospitality establishments need to be safe and healthy environments, whether they are food and beverage restaurants, commercial kitchens, clubs, hotels and accommodation, tourist enterprises or cafes. Employers and employees all have a shared responsibility to promote a safe secure and healthy workenvironment that minimises risk of harm to any person. This responsibility is called duty of care. Employer responsibilities

Employers have the prime responsibility to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees and others, including customers and visitors who come to the hospitality venue. This responsibility is called duty of care. Employers need to organise work systems, equipment and training to minimise risk of illness or injury. This includes safe and healthy work areas, safe equipment, protective equipment, safe access, security, safety training and supervision. Employee responsibilities

Whenever you are working in a hospitality workplace you must be aware of your legal duty of care, ensuring the health, safety and security of yourself and others. You MUST:
work in a safe manner
follow all safety instructions and work as you have been directed to correctly use or wear any safety equipment or personal protective equipment, such as masks, guards, gloves or hair covers inform your employer about any hazards, injuries, faulty equipment or safety concerns cooperate with your employer, assisting them with workplace safety. Cost of workplace injury

Every year in Australia, workers are killed or injured at work. Claims for workers compensation payments to compensate workers for loss of wages, medical expenses or retraining continue to increase. When you are working in a hospitality environment you must pay attention to safety - both your own and that of your colleagues. Hospitality workplaces have a variety of hazards that need to be identified and managed to prevent injury. An accident at work affects people in more ways than just financial loss of income. There are several different ways that injuries or illnesses at work can be a cost or burden. Human burdens: When a person is injured there will be pain, suffering and discomfort for them and possibly others. Social burdens: An injury can affect the person, their family and other people because of factors such as loss of income, emotional worry and the inconvenience of being unwell or unfit. A change in lifestyle or family tasks may be required. Economic burdens: Medical costs, the need for financial compensation and loss of normal wages all affect injured workers and their families. This may impact on an individual’s financial responsibilities such as repayment of loans or commitments. Organisational burdens: The loss of an employee whilst they are injured affects the workplace and the team’s ability to carry on working productively. Accidents, investigations, staff meetings, replacement staff and retraining all affect the productivity of the remaining staff at the workplace. The employer may also face significant additional costs because of these. A commitment to health and safety in the workplace makesgood business sense because it is one way for a business to protect its greatest resource – its people. Such a commitment can: · Create better work environments

· Increase worker participation in decision making
· Boost morale
· Help businesses retain good workers
· Improve productivity and enhance customer service
In addition, workplace accidents can take a great toll on workers, their co-workers, and their families, in terms of pain and suffering, disability, stress, and loss or change of employment. For a small business, such accidents can also be financially devastating. Besides direct costs – in the form of claims costs, increased WCB premiums, and WCB fines – there are indirect costs to the business: the cost of training temporary employees, damage to property, and production or service interruption...
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