A business risk review requires identifying the risks and possible perils a business is exposed to including their repercussions. As part of the review it is worth referring to the Australian government’s website – Risk assessment and planning | business.gov.au
The initial step involves recognising anything that may cause damage to your business and list the risks your company may face. From there, examine the risks, decide who and what could be harmed and rank them in order of priority.
After you have completed a risk assessment, implement management strategies including disaster recovery plans, crisis management, OH&S procedures and purchase required insurances.
If you decide not to insurer certain risks and elect to self insure instead, then make sure your business properly understands the exposure and provisions accordingly.
Small businesses in Australia commonly overlooks the importance of appropriate insurance, because of lack of funds or resources, despite being most at risk because of the possible inability to withstand a significant loss. We suggest that you work with your insurance broker when purchasing the right insurance for your business.
It is the role of an insurance broker to advise you on the best way to protect your business assets.
Unless you don’t employ anyone, as an absolute minimum you will require workers’ compensation insurance, public and products liability insurances to cover potential third party personal injury or property damage claims.
Depending upon the nature of your business other relevant insurances include stock, asset insurance, such as building and contents, and equipment. Management Liability Insurance is also advisable for a business. Finally, if your work is skilled and you give advise then your business may also require professional indemnity insurance. Read our article explaining in detail who requires professional indemnity insurance to learn more. An insurance broker will know the right questions to ask to identify risks specific to your business and industry.
Self-insurance is dependant upon a business correctly identifying, planning, managing their risk levels, and maintaining adequate funds in their balance sheet to cover unexpected loss. If a self insured loss strikes a small business, paying for it can also be an enormous and possibly fatal blow if not adequately provisioned for.
The option to self-insure is really only appropriate for low impact, low severity, and more predictable risks, where the business can predict the extent of loss with some level of certainty. Risks such as injury, property damage where the quantum can be very difficult to foresee are best handled by way of a risk transfer insurance solution.
It is important to remember that a business’s risks a not static, they change as a business grows and expands activities, hence why an annual insurance review is critical.
Call an FD Beck Insurance Broker on 1300 155 338 to help make sure all your risks are properly insured.
For the past 27 years Simon has enjoyed a career in the Insurance industry as both a broker and underwriter. Prior to being a director at FD Beck Simon had a successful 8‐year management career with one of the worlds largest general insurers, which saw him deal with and structure insurance programs for some of Australia’s largest insurance purchasers.
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