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SWMS – PREVENT INJURIES AND ILLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE

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Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS), also known as Safe Operating Procedures (SOP) or Job Safety Analysis (JSA) forms help prevent injuries and illness occurring by outlining a safe method of work for each step in a specific job. A SWMS also provides an induction document and assists in meeting your OHS or WHS legal responsibilities. Construction based businesses performing work activities on Government contracts or for a large Principal Contractor will generally be required to provide extra layers of compliance on each SWMS. This may mean any existing SWMS you provide will be assessed as non-compliant by Government or Principal...

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RISK MANAGEMENT – IDENTIFY ANY POTENTIAL WHS PROBLEMS IN YOUR WORKPLACE

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Risk Management is the systematic approach to identifying any potential threats and taking steps to eliminate or minimise work related injury and illness. The main factors that contribute to work related incidents and injuries are a lack of training, poor maintenance and the absence of safe systems of work. By following a risk management approach each individual factor contributing to workplace injury or illness can be identified and its’ importance as a contributing factor assessed. This process also assists in finding the appropriate means of controlling those factors in order to prevent workplace injury and illness. Use a Risk Management...

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OHS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME

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Many small to medium sized business owners feel overwhelmed with implementing an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Management System in their business. They feel it is too big a task and then justify why not to do it. If you look at the big picture of having a fully completed OHS Management System implemented into your business it’s not surprising you feel overwhelmed. What if you approached implementing your OHS Management System the same way you learnt your trade or any other big task? This is by taking it one step at a time. You learnt on the job, did...

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SAFETY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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The ultimate responsibility for Work Health and Safety lies with the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU). It is important to decide who else will have responsibilities for carrying out certain Work Health and Safety (WHS) tasks. Your workplace safety roles and responsibilities should be documented in a way that: Key safety and welfare issues are dealt with to minimise risks; Clear lines of management responsibility are documented to avoid confusion amongst management / supervisors and with workers; and Names and contact numbers are provided. For every role or responsibility there may be several tasks, one person may carry...

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NEW WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY (WHS) HARMONISATION

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New Work Health and Safety laws replaced the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws in all states and territories across Australia on 1 January 2012. The new legislation will replace the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001. Safe Work Australia developed model Work Health and Safety Regulations, Codes of Practice, guidance material and compliance and enforcement policies to support the model Work Health and Safety Act. The new Work Health and Safety laws will provide greater consistency, certainty and clarity across Australia making it easier to understand your work health and safety duties....

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