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Safety Strategy, Governance & Risk Management

Your strategic risk management partner, helping you achieve good governance.


Well-designed Work, Health and Safety (WHS) strategy, governance and risk management arrangements ensure that WHS risks and processes are implemented and managed within organisations. Leadership, due-diligence, accountability and effective decision-making frameworks are all key pillars of safety governance. WHS governance can ensure that nominated managers are accountable for their part in implementing the WHS system and strategy.

Benefits of active safety strategy, governance and risk management frameworks include:

  • Improvements to organisational safety performance
  • Effective risk management
  • Demonstrated legislative compliance
  • Benchmarking of accountability against tracked safety measures
  • Demonstrated leadership and embedding of ethical behavior
  • Clear transparency and accountability for nominated managers


At Gallagher, our Safety Team comprise highly experienced management consultants, who work across a broad range of industries and with businesses of different sizes to provide WHS strategy, governance and risk management framework design, assurance and review.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I as an Officer, Exercise WHS Due Diligence?

Officers in small businesses have an obligation under WHS laws to demonstrate a proactive approach to WHS matters.

Officers must exercise ‘due diligence’ to make sure the business meets its duties to protect workers and other persons against harm to health and safety.

Due diligence includes taking reasonable steps to:

  • acquire knowledge and keep up-to-date about WHS matters
  • understand the business, including WHS hazards and risks
  • ensure the business has the right resources and processes in place, and uses those resources and processes to eliminate or minimise WHS risks
  • ensure the business has the right processes to receive and respond to reports of incidents, hazards or other WHS issues, and processes to comply with any other WHS duties, and
  • verify the processes and resources set out above are being used.

What steps are reasonable for an officer to take will depend on the circumstances, including the role and influence of the officer and the nature and structure of the business.

Refer to our Downloads section for access to an Officers Due Diligence Information Sheet