Advice Sheets

OHS: Heat – does your workplace have a policy?

Publish date: 17/08/2017
Summary: Every summer heat causes concerns in schools and workplaces across the state. Exposure to heat and/or excessive heat can cause: Skin rashes Headaches Dehydration Heat cramps Heat exhaustion/stroke. Heat can also aggravate existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and skin conditions. In addition, it is accepted that heat exposure can lead to loss of concentration and efficiency, and increase the potential for incidents and accidents. Exposure to heat in the workplace is therefore an OHS issue that must be addressed. The...

OHS: Reporting incidents to WorkSafe

Publish date: 20/09/2017
Summary: A principal or manager of a workplace must ensure that certain incidents that occur at a workplace are reported to WorkSafe The prescribed incidents include: The death of a person. A person requiring medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance. A person requiring immediate treatment as an in-patient in a hospital. A person requiring immediate medical treatment for: the amputation of any part of his or her body a serious head injury a serious eye injury the separation of his or her skin from an underlying tissue (such as de-gloving...

OHS: Duties of employees

Publish date: 11/10/2017
Summary: While at work, an employee must: Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety Take reasonable care for the health and safety of persons who may be affected by the employee’s acts or omissions at a workplace Co-operate with his or her employer with respect to any action taken by the employer to comply with a requirement imposed by or under the OH&S Act 2004 or the regulations Not intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided at the workplace in the interests of health, safety or welfare. NB: in determining whether an...

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...