Keeping company standards and procedures up to date with industry standards is a key part of operational success, according to White Dog International director Wesley Dobbin.
Company standards and procedures should be internally reviewed every one to three years as a rule of thumb, White Dog advises, although annual reviews are recommended and external reviews every three years.
Maintaining a safe and productive workplace for both employer and employees is beneficial for day-to-day performance and success.
Current policies and procedures serve as a strong framework for employers to effectively manage employees and outline expected workplace standards.
The benefits of a robust procedure system can help manage risk in the workplace, improve safety performance and employee morale. This in turn leads to job satisfaction and reduced staff turnover.
As major incidents and accidents occur in mining and heavy industry, investigation outcomes often lead to changes in legislation and regulations.
Both internal and external reviews of company standards and policies will ensure compliance against these changes along with OH&S requirements and AS/NZS standards.
The importance of reviewing policies and procedures regularly allows flexibility and adaptability in the workplace as technology, equipment and systems changes.
“Reviews of high risk policies and procedures or critical risk management systems are especially significant,” Dobbin said.
“It allows businesses to grow and streamline processes in and around operations through its policies and procedures while remaining effective and consistent.”