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OHS in Australia applies across all Industries anywhere that people are employed to work. This includes both the Employee and contractor. OHS or Occupational Health and Safety in Australia has been around since 1956 when a magistrate ruled that the employer has a responsibility to provide a safe system of work.
Employers have a duty of care to provide a safe system of work and employees have a duty of care to follow whatever directions they are given by the employer. This is some debate about whether OHS legislation has gone to far for employers. Whilst there may be some basis for this argument, many employers are not effectively giving their employees and contractors clear directions, nor are they ensuring that the directions are being followed.
When employers across Australia have become more effective at giving clear directions and implementing them, a reduction in workplace deaths and injuries will follow. Many larger companies have demonstrated this, however a large percentage of smaller employers do not have the resources to make the same changes as larger companies. As processes for directing and monitoring OHS policies and procedures become more efficient, the effectiveness of the smaller employers to provide safe systems of work will improve also.
OHS Consultants across Australia are charging a premium for their services to help companies comply with OHS legislation. OHS Australia has been developed to provide affordable resources to employers to make them available to both small and large companies.
For any OHS System to be effective, it needs to be in writing. Having your company OHS policies and procedures in writing demonstrates exactly what has been explained to the employee or contractor and they can also sign off and commit to following the company OHS System.
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Safe Work Method Statements are developed to improve workplace Safety. They provide a safe system of work for Construction, Industrial, Mining and Manufacturing Industries and many more. Any Safe Work Method Statements should be developed after consultation with employees and contractors.
Often as part of a tender requirement, Safe Work Method Statements are required to be submitted. They can be purchased online and adapted to suit a specific company. To view a complete Safe Work Method Statement list, visit SafetyCulture
Safe Work Method Statements should be accompanied by risk ratings for each activity. Each activity should have two ratings. A before and after rating. The before rating is the level of risk before the safety procedures are implemented for each element of the task. The after rating is the level of risk after the safety procedures are implemented.
OHS Policy Information: This page contains links to the construction Site Safety Plans and lists key Work Method Statements, addressing topics such as cranes, scaffolding, pre-cast concrete tilt up panels,working at heights , safety harnesses , trench work, bobcats, backhoes, wacker packers. More Construion OHS info....
Developing OHS Systems in your workplace can seem overwhelming at first, but by breaking it down into chunk size pieces. Many OHS Consultants believe that you need to start your OHS Systems by creating a mountain of paper work covering every area of your business. While documentation is important, you need to be practical. For example, if you have an engineering workshop with no OHS Systems in place, and your employees are tripping over equipment and materials , then start by cleaning up the workshop and re-organise it so it is easier to keep tidy.
Each company needs to conduct a basic risk assessment as to where their greatest dangers are, and how to minimise them. Once you start asking the right questions, continuing to develop an OHS Australia becomes more a way of life, rather than a choir. After all no employer wants an injury at their workplace.
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Having an OHS System or specifically a "Safe System of Work" is a requirement that all employers across Australia and New Zealand have to comply with.
Once you have began to consider your risks and implemented improvements to reduce the hazards, you are on your way to developing a structured OHS System. Once a workplace realises what daily steps need to be taken in order to work safely, they then have the job of making sure everyone follows them. This is where a written OHS Policy Manual, or Safety Manual comes into play. A standard set of Safety Policies and Procedures relating to your workplace becomes an agreement for employees and contractors to adhere to whilst working. They should sign off on a OHS Policy Manual, and they should also sign off on each OHS Procedure that relates to their workplace responsibilites.
Apart from having a written OHS Manual, the next step is to conduct an OHS Audit. The aim of this is to simply create a step by step process to achieve an OHS Australia throughout the workplace. A comprehensive OHS Audit will indentify and prioritise areas for improvement throughout the companies operations. Once your OHS risks have been indentified, you can develop a timeline and work through the steps one at a time. For the best OHS Audits click here.