2 Learning outcomes At the end of the session participants will: demonstrate an understanding of the OHS responsibilities of employers and employees under the legislationidentify consultation mechanisms and methods of communicating on a range of OHS mattersunderstand the procedures involved in a risk management approach to workplace health and safetydemonstrate an awareness of first aid and emergency evacuation procedures at their schoolknow how to access further assistance or advice on OHS matters.
3 What is OHS?OHS is about the health, safety and welfare of all people in the workplace.
4 Legal frameworkThe OHS Act 2000 and OHS Regulation 2001 constitute the main legislative framework for injury prevention in the workplace.The purpose of the Act and Regulation is to ensure workplace health and safety with an emphasis on risk management and consultation.
5 Duties of employers The employer is responsible for: maintaining places of work, under the employer’s control, in a safe condition and ensuring safe entrances and exitsmaking arrangements to ensure the safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant and substancesproviding and maintaining systems of work and working environments that are safe and without risks to healthproviding the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure health and safety at workproviding adequate facilities for the welfare of employeesensuring consultation with employees
6 Duties of employees Employees must: take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others at the workplacecooperate with their employer to enable compliance with the OHS legislation.Everyone at the workplace must:not interfere with or misuse items provided for health, safety and welfare purposesnot hinder aid to an injured workernot disrupt the workplace by creating health or safety fears.
7 OHS consultation Consultation arrangements should: Provide for the sharing of relevant OHS information between employers and employeesProvide opportunities for employees to express their views about OHS issuesEnsure employees’ views are taken into account prior to decisions being made regarding health and safety
8 When to consult Consultation is required when: Risks to health and safety are assessed or reviewedDecisions are being made about measures to be taken to eliminate or control risksIntroducing or altering the procedures for monitoring risksDecisions are made about the adequacy of staff welfare facilitiesChanges are proposed to the workplace, system of work and substances used for workDecisions are made about consultation arrangements
9 How to consult Consultation may be undertaken by any one or more of the following:OHS committeeOHS representativeOther agreed arrangementConsultation also occurs in other workplace forumssuch as staff meetings, team and committeemeetings.
10 Consultation arrangements at this workplace What are the consultation arrangements at this workplace?Where relevant, who is the OHS committee or OHS representative?Where can a copy of the OHS consultation statement be found?
11 Risk management process Identify hazardsConsult and CommunicateMonitor and ReviewAssess risksEliminate or control risks
12 Hazard identification Possible ways to identify hazards?safety inspectionstask analysiscomplaintsstaff meetingsregular maintenance requestsconsultationobservationrecords of injury, illness and near-miss records
13 Reporting hazards How are hazards reported? Who do I report hazards to?
14 Consider what might happen Assess the riskConsider what might happenLikelihoodSeverity
15 Hierarchy of controls Eliminate the hazard Substitute the hazard Controls should be considered in the following order:Eliminate the hazardSubstitute the hazardIsolate the hazardUse engineering controlsUse administrative controlsUse personal protective equipment
16 Injury management If you are injured at work: Notify the employer/workplace managerComplete the register of injuriesConsult a doctor where necessaryAuthorise the doctor to provide relevant information to GIO and DETParticipate in a return to work plan
17 Staff WelfareStaff Support OfficersEmployee Assistance Program
18 First Aid First aid procedures Location of first aid kits First aid officer(s)
19 Emergency proceduresEmergency evacuation procedures at this workplace
20 Further information Fact sheets available on a range of risks OHS-related enquiries:Ask your principalContact your Staff Support OfficerAccess information via the OHS webpage