Advice Sheets

OHS: Encouraging OHS participation

Publish date: 27/03/2017
Summary: In addition to requirements under the OHS Act Vic 2004, some ideas for involving staff and other members of the school community in health and safety Make health and safety a standing agenda item at staff meetings. Ensure health and safety is included in the induction of all new and casual staff. Allocate responsibility for monitoring different areas of the workplace to faculties or groups of staff. Roster individual staff members to accompany the management and health and safety representatives on inspections. Brainstorm OHS solutions at staff meetings....

OHS management framework

Publish date: 27/03/2017
Summary: In addition to requirements under the OHS Act Vic 2004, there are five simple steps that school leaders / managers with responsibility for OHS should take to get started: Demonstrate commitment: Develop an OHS system that includes risk management procedures Allocate management responsibility for OHS Establish a communication and consultation policy with the HSR(s) Set up a process for regularly consulting with staff Gather information about hazards. Encourage reporting of incidents and near misses. Make sure staff have the information, training,...

OHS: Duties of employers

Publish date: 27/03/2017
Summary: An employer must, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide and maintain for employees … a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. …an employer contravenes sub-section (1) if the employer fails to do any of the following: Provide or maintain plant or systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health; Make arrangements for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, safety and the absence of risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage or transport of plant or substances;...

Health and safety consultation

Publish date: 27/03/2017
Summary: Why consult about health & safety? The OH&S Act 2004 requires employers to consult about health and safety. Consultation  can result in: Healthier and safer workplaces Better decisions about health and safety Stronger commitment to implementing decisions or actions Greater co-operation and trust. What does consultation involve? Consultation means giving employees an opportunity to shape a decision or action on a health and safety matter. Consultation must involve: Sharing information with employees about the matter. Giving employees a...