2NSW Occupational Health & Safety Act (2000) Administered by Workcover AuthorityWorkcover appoints InspectorsImportant Role in EducationKey issues covered by the legislation include:OH&S Committees & RepresentativesEmployer ResponsibilitiesEmployee ResponsibilitiesCodes of PracticeIndustry Standards
3Aim of the Act:To ensure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work.
4The Occupational Health & Safety Act 2000 (NSW) The Occupational Health + The OH&S& Safety Act (2000) Regulation (2001) The foundation for a safe & Specific requirements healthy workplace & control measures
5ConsultationAll employers must consult with their employees regardless of the size of the organisation.When ? There is a review of work methodsThere are any changes in the workplaceHow ? Via OH&S CommitteesThrough OH&S Representatives“Other agreed arrangements” ( , notice boards, staff meetings etc)
6OH&S OFFICERS, REPRESENTATIVES & COMMITTEES Occupational Health & Safety OfficersFull or part –time paid position within an organisation. Oversees all OH&S issues, procedures, policies etc.Occupational Health & Safety RepresentativeRepresents the Health and Safety interests of employees.An OH&S Representative must be allowed to be elected if at least one employee requests it.Occupational Health & Safety Committeesreview current measuresraise OH&S issues with employees & employersresolve problemsdevelop OH&S policy and record keepinghelp ensure a safe workplaceOH&S Committees must be established by an employer when:An organisation has 20 or more employees; orThe majority of employees request it
7EMPLOYER DUTIESTo “provide and maintain, as far as practicable, a safe working environment, which is free from any risks to health”This could include:Providing and maintaining safe equipment and systems of workProviding adequate information on hazards, as well as instruction, training and supervision to employees
8EMPLOYEE DUTIESSimply, employees are required to adhere to the procedures and systems as laid down for the carrying out of certain tasks.
9INDUSTRY STANDARDSStandards for the sport, recreation and fitness industry are not particularly well developed.Standards Australiahave recentlydeveloped standardsin relation torecreational diving;sports lighting;synthetic sportssurfaces; moveable /mini soccer goal posts
10CONCLUSION:Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) is too often seen as a legislative requirement – something imposed from outside the organisation. The potential outcome of this perspective is minimal compliance with the law (in order to avoid prosecution).An effective OH&Ssystem has muchmore to offer – It isabout ensuring thehealth, safety andwelfare of employeesand achievingcontinual OH&S andproductivityimprovement.