Big Brother is Watching. Adapting to Work Health & Safety Reform. Local Government Roads & Works Conference 2014. Big brother? Oh, bother!. Legislative framework. Work Health & Safety Act 2012. Object: To secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces by: - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Work Health and Safety and Risk Management
Big Brother is WatchingAdapting to Work Health & Safety ReformLocal Government Roads & Works Conference 2014Big brother? Oh, bother!
#2Legislative framework#3Work Health & Safety Act 2012Object:To secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces by:protecting workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety and welfare through the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from work or from specified types of substances or plantpromoting improvements in work health and safety practicesto achieve a healthier and safer working environmentproviding a framework for continuous improvement and higher standards of work health and safety#4WorkersWorkers are no longer just employeesEmployers are no longer just employers Primary duty of care is owed to all workers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety ofworkers engaged, or caused to be engaged by the person; andworkers whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the personwhile the workers are at work in the business or undertaking.and Employers#5Other PersonsA PCBU must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertakingA person at a workplace musttake reasonable care for his or her own safety; andtake reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health & safety of other persons; andcomply, so far as they are reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given by the PCBU to allow the PCBU to comply with the Act.#6The Three Cs#7Construction WorkAny work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structureDoes not include:Manufacture of plantOffsite prefabrication, construction or assemblyTesting, maintenance or repair work of a minor nature#8High Risk Construction WorkRegulation 291 defines, but includes construction work that:Involves a risk of a person falling more than 3 metresInvolves, or is likely to involve, disturbance of asbestosIs carried out in or near a confined spaceIs carries out on or near energised electrical installations or servicesIs carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor that is in use by traffic other than pedestriansIs carried out in an area at a workplace in which there is any movement of powered mobile plant#9AsbestosRequirement to prepare and maintain asbestos registerRequirement for written asbestos management planMust be reviewed at least every 5 years, or:When further asbestos is identified at the workplaceWhen asbestos is removed from, disturbed, sealed or enclosed at the workplaceWhen plan is no longer adequate for managing risksIf HSR requests a review#10PenaltiesMonetary Individuals & body corporatesFor breach of health and safety duty, depends on severity (3 Categories)Specific breachesImprisonmentUp to 5 yearsMay be in addition to, (not instead of,) monetary penaltyEnforceable undertakings#11Other changesNational high risk licensing Work zone traffic management Codes of practiceGuidance material & fact sheetsReturn to Work Bill 2014Code of Conduct for Self InsurersWHS Act currently under review (submissions close 5pm today!)#12So what are we doing to help?Revision of all model policies and procedures including one-pagers, flow-charts & some templatesNew procedure for asbestos managementWZTM DVDCode of Practice information sessionsTailored Implementation ProgramMonitoring progress of proposed changes to legislation & keeping members updates
#13Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands.Jeff Cooper