24 May 2017
Four ways to minimise risk to your business
Article

Four ways to minimise risk to your business

One of the keys to running a successful business is understanding your risks. Business insurance is a great safety net; proactively managing your risk is equally important. 

The risks your business is exposed to depends on the industry you’re in and the scope of your operation, but here are some common threats all business owners should be aware of.

1. Natural disasters and catastrophes

Australia is no stranger to devastating natural disasters such as fires, storms and floods  The financial and personal wellbeing of you and your people could depend on how well prepared you are for these events. Take the time to create an emergency management and recovery plan.

2. Liability claims

Protecting your business against potential lawsuits is critical. Here are three examples of liability to consider:

  • Public liability – if a third party is injured or their property is damaged due to your negligence. Such as a customer slipping on a wet floor because you failed to post a warning sign
  • Product liability – if you sell or distribute goods you could be held liable if they cause injury, death or property damage
  • Professional liability – if you’re a professional services provider you could face claims of negligence, error or omission when you’ve provided a service or advice.

Establishing which risks are relevant to your business and implementing strategies to manage them is a smart move.

3. On-site security

Whatever the size of your business, protecting your people and property should be high on your list of priorities. Your options include alarm systems, CCTV cameras and nightly patrols by private security guards.

4. Employee health

Whether your people are sitting behind a desk for long periods of time or on a construction site, they’re at risk of injury.

All employees must be covered by Workers Compensation insurance, but it’s wise to be proactive about lowering their risk. For example:

  • Encourage desk-bound workers to maintain healthy posture to avoid injury and strain.
  • Ensure machine operators are fully trained for their roles.
  • Check your workplace health and safety (WHS) procedures are up to scratch – if they’re not, perhaps consider WHS training.

Chat to us today about business insurance.

The advice on this website is general in nature and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You must decide whether or not it is appropriate, in light of your own circumstances, to act on this advice. You should ensure you obtain and consider the Policy Wording or Product Disclosure Statement and Target Market Determination for the policy before you make any decision to buy it.

Related articles

How to find the right insurance broker

07 Apr 2022

Finding the right insurance broker can not only save you time and money, but also help you cover risks you weren’t even aware of.

Read more

The La Niña effect: How to prepare for the storm

22 Oct 2021

Australians have always faced dramatic weather conditions, including La Niña and El Niño. But what does this mean for insurers and customers?

Read more

What the BOM’s summer outlook means for Australia

22 Oct 2021

What does the 2021 -2022 extreme weather season have in store for Australia, and what can we do to keep our homes and businesses safe?

Read more
Read further articles

Interested in QBE business insurance?