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OHS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME

Posted by Andrew Watters on

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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WORKPLACE CONSULTATION – SAFETY FOR ALL!

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Workplace Consulation is about employers involving workers in decisions that can affect their health and safety. It is also good business practice as your workers can often foresee or report on things that you may have overlooked, and provide suggestions about how to solve health and safety problems and reduce injuries. Through workplace consultation, you can become more aware of the hazards and Work Health and Safety (WHS) issues experienced by your workers, and involve them in addressing potential problems before they escalate and affect your business. Workplace Consultation includes: Sharing relevant information about WHS and welfare with workers; Providing...

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RISK ASSESSMENT PROCESS

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The Risk Assessment Process determines the likelihood of an injury or illness from a particular hazard and the severity and type of injury should an accident occur. The risk posed by a hazard is related to the severity of an incident and/or the frequency and duration of exposure to the hazard. Decide who might be at risk from the hazard such as workers, subcontractors or visitors and the factors contributing to the risk, what injuries or impact on health and welfare could result, and how likely is this to occur. To assess the risks from a particular hazard you should...

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