Workplace Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
Part 3.2 of the Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2011) stipulates that all employers must provided workers with information, training and instruction that is suitable and adequate having regard to; the workplace, the type of work carried out by the worker, and the associated risks for the task being performed. Policies and procedures including Work Method Statements (WMS) / Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and risk assessments (for high risk activities) are the means by which an employer is able to meet these legislated obligations.
Many organisations simply do not have the time to ensure that WMS or JSA’s are conducted for their workplace and made available to staff upon request. Many organisations who do have these documents in place, simply do not have the time or the relevant qualifications to update them in accordance with legislative requirements. These documents are imperative to any defense of a WorkCover claim and without current, accurate and detailed Polices, Procedures, WMS/JSA’s your organisation is not only vulnerable to litigation, but Persons in Charge of a Business or Undertaking (PCBU’s) can now be charged under the Criminal Code for acts of negligence in the workplace. Without the documents to support a claim, an organization is simply unable to satisfy the onus of proof and defend the claim.
Synergy’s experienced WHS specialist has facilitated and trained the Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety with a Registered Training Organisation and has a demonstrated knowledge of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 (and Regulations) and how that legislation applies to a workplace in order for it to satisfy the employers obligations. She is a qualified Safety Officer with many years of experience investigating workplace accidents.