2 NSW 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
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 ConsultationAll 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)
6 OH&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
7 EMPLOYER 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
8 EMPLOYEE DUTIESSimply, employees are required to adhere to the procedures and systems as laid down for the carrying out of certain tasks.
9 INDUSTRY 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
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&Ssystem has muchmore to offer – It isabout ensuring thehealth, safety andwelfare of employeesand achievingcontinual OH&S andproductivityimprovement.