Safety, safety, safety.
The OH&S Act 2000 says that all employers:
- Must consult with employees to enable them to contribute to making decisions that affect their health safety and welfare at work.
- Must share relevant information about occupational health and safety and welfare with employees.
- Must give employees time and opportunity to express their views and to value and take those views into account when making decisions.
Consultation must be done:
- When risks to health and safety are assessed or reviewed and decisions made about how to control those risks.
- When introducing or altering procedures for monitoring those risks.
- When making decisions about the adequacy of welfare facilities for employees.
- When proposed changes to the premises, methods of work or the plant or substances used at work, will affect health, safety or welfare.
- When making decisions about procedures for consultation.
Consultation can be done:
- In a manner agreed upon by the employer and the employees, or
- Through the workplace OH&S Committee, or
- Using an OH&S Representative elected by the employees.
The OHS Regulation 2001 says that:
- An employer must ensure that each member of the OHS Committee and each OHS Representative does the 4 day Work Cover Course in OHS Consultation.
- This training must be done as soon as practicable (within 3 months) after the person is first appointed as a member of the OHS Committee or as an OHS Representative.
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