Ai Group is pleased to offer members a series of business videos and webinars providing information on the implications of the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws. These informative videos have been designed to provide you with a practical understanding of the requirements of the Model WHS Act and Regulations and to assist you with useful advice on how to maximise the opportunities provided by these laws.
All Australian Governments (other than Victoria) committed to adopting these Model WHS laws as part of an attempt to harmonise these laws across Australia. Western Australia introduced their Bill into parliament on 23 October 2014. All other jurisdictions (excluding Victoria) have had their version of the laws in place since 1 January 2012 or 1 January 2013. currently have their laws before
Model Work Health and Safety laws - The obligations of officers Webinar
This webinar is designed to inform officers, and those advising officers, of some key issues they need to be aware of in ensuring compliance with the jurisdictional laws that are based on the Model WHS laws, including defining who is an officer, the duties of officers to exercise due diligence, as well as an outline of the Model WHS laws. This webinar is also relevant to officers in Western Australia where the laws will be implemented in coming years (and officer liability already exists), and in Victoria where the due diligence activities can assist officers to demonstrate that they have taken “reasonable care” as required in the Victorian OHS Act.
Please note that this webinar has been split into 5 parts for ease of viewing. However, it is designed to be viewed as one webinar and should be watched in its entirety. Begin watching the webinar by clicking on the links below.
Model Work Health and Safety laws - Business Videos
Ai Group is pleased to offer members a series of business videos and webinars providing information on the implications of the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws. These informative videos were produced in the lead up to the adoption of the Model WHS Laws, and remain relevant today as general guidance about the Model WHS Laws. As individual jurisdictions have made some amendments to the exact detail of their legislation, it is important to refer to the legislation for detailed information about the laws that apply in your state/territory.
The WHS Act establishes that a WHS entry permit holder (who must be an official of a union) may enter a workplace for the purposes of either "inquiring into a suspected contravention" or to "consult and advise" workers in relation to health and safety.
Other parts of the Act establish how a union official may become involved in WHS issues in relation to work groups, health and safety representatives and issues resolution.
If you have active union involvement in your workplace, it is essential that you understand the rights and responsibilities of WHS entry permit holders when they attend your site. In addition to watching this video, we strongly recommend that you read Part 7 of the Act in detail and access Ai Group's fact sheet on this issue.
The Model WHS Act recognises that there is often more than one duty holder involved in managing health and safety risks. Where this is the case, to effectively manage these overlapping responsibilities the Act creates an obligation for duty holders to, so far as is reasonably practicable, consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with all other duty holders.
This video will provide information to assist you on how to meet these obligations and adopt effective consultation, cooperation and coordination processes in the workplace.
When considering risk management, the Model WHS legislation imposes an obligation on organisations to eliminate or minimise risk so far as reasonably practicable. This video will highlight the obligations under the legislation in minimising risk and also discusses the risk management processes that should be adopted.
The Model WHS laws include an obligation on organisations to consult with workers when making a decision, or taking any action, which may have an impact on the health and safety of those workers. Consultation requirements are designed to help organisations meet their obligation to eliminate or minimise risks so far as is reasonably practicable. This video will outline these obligations as well as procedures that must be adopted in relation to issues resolution.
The Model WHS laws enable workers to request the election of health and safety representatives (HSRs) and for HSRs or 5 workers to request the establishment of a health and safety committee (HSC). This video will outline the implementation and responsibilities of both HSRs and HSCs and their roles and powers under the legislation.