Work Health & Safety Officer (WHSO) training has been reintroduced to Queensland

 

DRA Safety Specialists RTO 31786, have been approved to deliver the new WHSO course for Workplace Health & Safety Queensland.

The course will be delivered over a 5 day face to face training course (core) and an elective component delivered face to face between 1-4 days dependent on the elective.

Enrolments are now open
07 5573 6199
rtomanager@drasafety.com.au

Safe Work Australia – National Safe Work Month

Safe Work Australia have launched this year’s National Safe Work month that aims to improve awareness of work health and safety, encourage discussion about safety at work and share positive workplace stories from across Australia.

Safe Work Australia are continuing to support the National Safe Work Month with a range of resources for businesses, by hosting workplace participation reward programs and sharing stories and statistics about work health and safety.

You can be involved in this special initiative by

– Attending events in your workplace or in your local area.

– Downloading the resource kit to help promote the month in your workplace.

– Sharing the National Safe Work Month messages through your online channels.

– Entering the Workplace Participation Reward and showcase your workplace.

– Watching the Safe Work Month video messages.

– Watching free online seminars showcasing the latest thinking, research, developments and best practice in work health and safety, available from October at seminars.swa.gov.au

– Connecting on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to find out about local events and to share your safe work month workplace stories. Use the hashtag #safeworkmonth to join the conversation.

Be Part of Safe Work Month and assist in raising awareness about work health and safety within your organisation.

Consultation, Cooperation and Coordination

Changes to the WHS Legislation with the Harmonised law appears to be lending more weight to the need for the PCBU to consult, cooperate and coordinate their activities with other PCBUs who have a WHS duty in relation to the same matter, following a recent conviction over a failure to apply WHS Act s46. Consider Boland v Trainee and Apprentice Placement Service Inc [2016] SAIRC 14 where the South Australian Industrial Relations Court have fined a not-for-profit organisation $12,000 for failing to comply with this duty.

There are statements from this case that both parties should not assume that there is a clear understanding of the hazards and who is responsible, if there is no consultation, cooperation and coordination.

Have you identified where more than 1 person has a duty in relation to the same matter and has each person with the duty, so far as is reasonably practicable, consulted, cooperated and coordinated activities with all other persons who have a duty in relation to the same matter? Do you have other PCBU’s interacting in your workplace with your workers? Have you met with this PCBU to discuss the work on site other than receipting the contract, insurances and the obligatory site induction with sign off of the SWMS/JSA?