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Assessment Task One / Part 1

Understanding the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004

Joanna Moutzouris

on 21 August 2011

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Transcript of Assessment Task One / Part 1

Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 Objects of the Act Our duties as an employer Your duties as an employee Duties of self-employed Secure health, safety and welfare
Eliminate Risk
Protect Public EVERYONE MUST BE PROVIDED WITH THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF H&S PROTECTION Employees are required to take repsonable care of their own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by their actions around the workplace. Must ensure that the health and safety of members of the public is not abversely affected by their business activities.

Must protect visitors to the workplace, protecting the general public from construction or demolition work being done near roads and footpaths and proventing the emission of hazardous substances from a workplace Consultation with employees Principles of health and safety protection Eliminating all / as many health risks as possible to keep workers safe
eg. handling, storage and transport of plant or substance
maintaining workplaces
providing adequate facilities
providing employees with information, instruction, training or supervison
Make employees comfortable Employers must consult directly with affected employees on OHS actions including when they are:
identifying or assessing hazards or risks arising from the activities of the business;
deciding on measures to control these risks;
deciding on procedures for resolving health or safety issues arising from the activities of the business, consultation, monitoring employee health and workplace conditions, and the provision of information and training;
proposing changes that may affect health or safety Manage the risks of workers h&s and to eliminate or reduce risks.
Exchange information about actions that can be taken to eliminate or reduce those risks
employees are entitled, and should be encouraged, to be represented on health and safety issues ALL VICTORIAN WORKERS ARE COVERED BY THE ACT
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