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
Aim of the Act: To ensure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work.
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
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 There are any changes in the workplace How ? Via OH&S Committees Through OH&S Representatives Through OH&S Representatives “Other agreed arrangements” (email, notice boards, staff meetings etc) “Other agreed arrangements” (email, notice boards, staff meetings etc)
OH&S OFFICERS, REPRESENTATIVES & COMMITTEES 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
EMPLOYER DUTIES To “provide and maintain, as far as practicable, a safe working environment, which is free from any risks to health” 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
EMPLOYEE DUTIES Simply, employees are required to adhere to the procedures and systems as laid down for the carrying out of certain tasks.
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
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 productivityimprovement.