InMotion January 2022 – Purchasing Goods and Services | WHS Principles

The purchasing of goods and services is an integral part of any business’s operations regardless of their industry. New or changes to existing goods or services may impact the health and safety of team members or other persons. In an ideal world new or changes to existing goods or services should represent a business improvement, whether it signifies efficiency gains or a safer workplace or a balance of both. It is essential for a business to have an effective internal control framework for selecting and purchasing goods and services from approved and reliable goods suppliers and service providers, to ensure the lowest possible level of risk to the health and safety of employees and other persons.

In this InMotion we will explore how a Primary Duty of Care under the WHS Act [NSW] 2011 applies to purchasing goods and services, consider the risk profile and what a reliable risk mitigation strategy may look like.