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1 Introduction to OH&S (Legislation)

2 NSW Occupational Health & Safety Act (2000)
Administered by Workcover Authority Workcover appoints Inspectors Important Role in Education Key issues covered by the legislation include: OH&S Committees & Representatives Employer Responsibilities Employee Responsibilities Codes of Practice Industry Standards

3 Aim of the Act: To ensure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work.

4 The 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

5 Consultation All employers must consult with their employees regardless of the size of the organisation. When ? There is a review of work methods There are any changes in the workplace How ? Via OH&S Committees Through OH&S Representatives “Other agreed arrangements” ( , notice boards, staff meetings etc)

Occupational Health & Safety Officers Full or part –time paid position within an organisation. Oversees all OH&S issues, procedures, policies etc. Occupational Health & Safety Representative Represents 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 Committees review current measures raise OH&S issues with employees & employers resolve problems develop OH&S policy and record keeping help ensure a safe workplace OH&S Committees must be established by an employer when: An organisation has 20 or more employees; or The majority of employees request it

7 EMPLOYER DUTIES To “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 work Providing adequate information on hazards, as well as instruction, training and supervision to employees

8 EMPLOYEE DUTIES Simply, employees are required to adhere to the procedures and systems as laid down for the carrying out of certain tasks.

9 INDUSTRY STANDARDS Standards for the sport, recreation and fitness industry are not particularly well developed. Standards Australia have recently developed standards in relation to recreational diving; sports lighting; synthetic sports surfaces; moveable / mini soccer goal posts

10 CONCLUSION: 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&S system has much more to offer – It is about ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees and achieving continual OH&S and productivity improvement.

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