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The keys to a safer workplace are: y management commitment to safety y consultation ± involving workers in safety decisions y risk management - finding and fixing health and safety problems y training and supervision so that everyone in the workplace can do their job safely y reporting safety ± giving your workers a way to report safety issues and incidents.
Rights and responsibilities
Work health and safety
The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (OHS Act) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2001 (OHS Reg) detail the responsibilities of:
y employers, managers and supervisors y workers y self employed people y controllers of premises, plant or substances y designers, manufacturers and suppliers of plant or substances. may fall into more than one of these groups. may be an employer and a controller or premises, or may be a self employed designer.
Everyone has responsibility for ensuring a safe workplace. we must not:
y interfere with or misuse things provided for the health, safety or welfare of people at work y obstruct attempts to give aid or attempts to prevent a serious risk to the health and safety of a
person at work y refuse a reasonable request to assist in giving aid or prevent a risk to the health and safety of a person at work y disrupt a workplace by creating health or safety fears.
Workers compensation and injury management
The Workers Compensation Act 1987, Work Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 and the Workers Compensation Regulation 2003 detail the workers compensation, injury management and return to work responsibilities of employers and workers. As an employer, we must: y have a workers compensation policy that covers all your workers y report incidents or injuries y fulfil your responsibilities if a worker is injured y establish a return to work program
insurer and treatment provider have responsibilities to ensure that the injured worker is provided with benefits and assistance to recover and return to safe. As a worker we must notify our employer as soon as possible of an injury. including: 1. injured worker and Scheme Agent or insurer each have responsibilities to ensure that the injured worker is provided with benefits and assistance to recover and return to work safely and as soon as possible. This section provides information on incident/injury reporting procedures. the process for making a workers compensation claim . durable work. what an employer must do when there is an injury at work 4. and participate and cooperate with the development and implementation of injury management and return to work plans. Making a claim When a worker is injured at work. injured worker. and resolving problems and disputes about workers compensation claims. what to do if an employer does not have workers compensation insurance 5. injured workers may have an entitlement to: y weekly payments y lump sums for permanent impairment (and pain and suffering where applicable) y payment of medical bills y provision of legal assistance to pursue a claim y intensive rehabilitation assistance. notifying the Scheme Agent or insurer of a work related injury 2. Injuries and claims Workers compensation provides protection to workers and their employers in the event of a work related injury or disease. When a worker is injured at work. what the Scheme Agent or insurer must do when notified of a work related injury 6. Through the workers compensation system. permit our nominated treating doctor to release information to the Scheme Agent or insurer and our employer. the benefits an injured worker may be entitled to. the employer. the employer.y display the 'Watching out for you' poster which outlines what to do if there is an injury. This section provides information on the responsibilities and processes for making a claim for workers compensation. making a claim for workers compensation. what a worker must do if injured at work 3. This section provides information on: y reporting an incident or injury y making a claim for workers compensation y the benefits an injured worker may be entitled to y preventing and resolving disputes about workers compensation claims.
For workers OHS representatives and committees play an important role in making workplaces safe and healthy. For advice on how to consult. including hazard identification and control helping improve the workplace safety management system leading a continuous improvement approach to OHS. You have three options for how to consult your workers . 10.via: y y y an OHS committee an OHS representative other agreed arrangements. This should cover (at a minimum): y y y how OHS is managed in the workplace how to report a hazard or other safety issues what health and safety procedures there are for their tasks (such as safe work procedures). Training Induction training must be given when a worker first starts at the workplace. 9.and your legal responsibility. 8. 11. by: y y y participating in matters that affect OHS. call 13 10 50 or download the Code of practice for consultation. the provisional liability process the process for making a claim for permanent impairment the process for a noise induced hearing impairment claim the process for making a journey or work break claim the process for making a claim for a psychological injury who can make a workers compensation claim. OHS consultation and committees For employers Consulting your workers on occupational health and safety (OHS) issues is good business practice .7. particularly how to control any risks . 12.
Construction workers must undertake the OHS Construction Induction course.y y what information there is available to help them do their job safely eg operator manuals. Safety and Security Management We believe that having an effective health. safety and security management system in place makes good business sense. step by step and then observe them performing the task until they can safely do it without assistance. material safety data sheets etc anything else important for working safely. safety and security management system has been designed to identify risks that proactively reduce them to an acceptably low level whilst meeting legislative and current best practice requirements. There are specific training requirements for: y y y y y OHS committee members and OHS representatives working in confined spaces major hazard facilities construction work High risk work. Take the workers through the task. We have developed and rolled out a health and safety representatives training program and a program aimed at Directors and Managers to ensure that they are aware of their health and safety responsibilities together with a comprehensive Business Continuity exercise program ensuring all employees know what is . Explain the dangers involved and how they can be controlled. Our health. enhances the Firm¶s reputation. performance and well-being. Safe work procedures are a good task specific training tool. promotes employee health. There are specific training requirements for those working in the construction industry. Task specific training must be provided when the task poses a risk to the workers health and safety. We are actively engaged in promoting health. Health. safety and security at all levels and this is driven via the various committees that support each discipline.
Security was awarded the Silver Fox accreditation for 2008 and the Business Continuity Management system passed stage one of the BS 25999 audit process and it is hope the final stage will be completed in November. However. µThe overall impression that only the best is acceptable within the company and again this impacts upon the level of safety¶ and µThe facilities available to staff at Linklaters have a positive effect on health (in particular) and safety in all areas.required from them in the event of a major disruption. This might include: y y y complaint to the workplace OHS Committee direct negotiation with management negotiation with management through union representatives For action to be taken it will be necessary for sufficient information to be provided to enable WorkCover to: y y y y y identify the issue as one which is within its jurisdiction. WorkCover will attempt to refer it to them and notify the complainant of such action should contact details be provided. if you haven't already done so. Raising a workplace safety issue Making a complaint Before WorkCover becomes involved in the issue. if you choose to remain anonymous. The audit reported on the key strengths of the health and safety management system as. find the address of the workplace and the location within that workplace which is the subject matter of the complaint identify the exact nature of the complaint identify the name and address of the organisation or individual in control of the workplace Inspectors will not reveal the source of the complaint whether you remain anonymous or not. Where it is identified that another agency has jurisdiction over the complaint. Our health and safety management system was benchmarked in June 2008 via the British Safety Council¶s 5 Star Health and Safety Management System Audit. you might like to try resolving it 'in house'. a process that would have been completed within a year of the standard being introduced. it is not possible for an . We achieved an µexcellent¶ rating and were awarded 5 stars.
the matter will be referred. Complaints investigated by WorkCover are classified based on the level of risk. Following a review and assessment of the safety issues. you will be advised of the outcome of the investigation as soon as it is completed. for example. If you provide your name and contact details when making a complaint. where the safety issues are resolved through phone calls and correspondence. Not all complaints will result in a workplace visit by an inspector. When a complaint is received by email or fax. WorkCover will acknowledge its receipt when completing the record of complaint form. Some will be actioned by way of alternate compliance mechanisms. . where appropriate.inspector to seek further information from you or provide feedback on the outcome of any investigation. y y y What happens once I have made an official complaint? A record of complaint form will be completed by the person who receives the complaint. to an inspector for investigation. with greater emphasis being placed on those matters where the risk is of an urgent nature.
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