Advice Sheets

OHS: HSR powers — S58 of the OH&S Act 2004

Publish date: 20/09/2017
Summary: A health and safety representative (HSR) for a designated work group (DWG) may do any of the following: Inspect any part of a workplace (at any time after giving reasonable notice or immediately where there is an immediate risk). Accompany an inspector during an inspection. Require the establishment of a health and safety committee. Be present at an interview concerning OH&S between a member and an inspector/employer representative, if the DWG member consents. Whenever necessary, seek the assistance of any person.  However, a HSR may do any of the above...

Step-by-step guide for new HSRs

Publish date: 23/05/2018
Summary: Five-step guide for the newly-elected health and safety rep Notify your principal / manager that you have been elected. Refer to the “What’s the difference between a HSR and HSO” advice sheet. Check the availability of an accredited 5-day training course with the Victorian Trades Hall Council (see www.ohsrep.org.au or tel 9662 3511) or contact the AEU. Arrange a time with your principal / manager or, where management responsibility has been delegated, with the management OH&S person to: Talk about your role, including time to undertake the role Advise...

OHS: Encouraging OHS participation

Publish date: 20/09/2017
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: Duties of employers

Publish date: 11/10/2017
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;...