Novice Occupational Health & Safety Management

By Linda Jackson on 08 November 2016

Health and safety – why should you care anyway?

This article provides an overview of the compliance journey from novice to advanced. As a novice you will gain an understanding of the steps ahead of you and how we can support you in the process.

Everyone has to start somewhere. So let’s start at the beginning. But we should know where we are headed and what the big picture is.

Our approach to compliance


When we tackle a new project or idea we very often instinctively use this approach:

This cycle was made famous by a quality guru called Dr Deming.
This is the cycle we actively follow in our articles to help guide you in your compliance journey.

You can see from the diagram below that as you progress from novice to advanced the level of compliance changes and the degree of difficulty of the articles will also increase.


What is a novice?

We think you are someone who is new to health and safety and therefore your need the basics. We also consider the type of business so a restaurant would need a relatively simple health and safety system as would a packhouse or small processing facility. We have therefore customized our approach to suit these environments.

It is also possible that health and safety is part of your responsibility but not your full time job. You need quick and easy solutions to be able to implement.


What must a novice be able to know and do?

Our intention with articles aimed at the novice is to ensure you have a workable understanding of the legislation you need to comply with. We also want to equip you on HOW to comply with practical tips, templates and advice.

We need to ensure you have a solid foundation and a safe working environment for your employees, This should keep you as the owner out of jail if you make sure the right things happen every day.