This short video Introduction to Australian Work Health and Safety looks at Australian legislation that is relevant to System Safety. Thus, it is of interest to system, functional and design safety practitioners. It looks at the three classes of ‘upstream’ safety duties of designers, that also apply to manufacturers, importers, suppliers those who install/commission plant substances and structures.
Introduction to Australian Work Health: so What?
Many people think the WHS Act only applies to the management of safety in a work place. They’re wrong – it does much more than that. In this short presentation, I am going to show you why the WHS Act is relevant to those with ‘upstream’ safety responsibilities such as designers.
The primary duty of care;
Safety duties of designers (Section 21); and
Similar duties apply to others, such as:
Manufacturers (Section 23);
Importers (Section 24);
Suppliers (Section 25);
Those installing, constructing or commissioning (Section 26);
“The WHS Act like that of most other jurisdictions is based on the ‘model’ WHS Act developed by Safe Work Australia.
The aim is to provide all workers in Australia with the same standard of health and safety protection regardless of the work they do or where they work.
A stronger national approach means greater certainty for businesses (particularly those operating across state borders) and over time reduced compliance costs for business.
More consultation between businesses, workers and their representatives, along with clearer responsibilities will make workplaces safer for everyone.
The harmonised work health and safety laws apply in the majority of jurisdictions. For more information about whether they apply in your jurisdiction check with your local regulator.”
Purpose of the WHS Act (section 3)
“The WHS Act provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers at work and of other people who might be affected by the work. The WHS Act aims to:
protect the health and safety of workers and other people by eliminating or minimising risks arising from work or workplaces
ensure fair and effective representation, consultation and cooperation to address and resolve health and safety issues in the workplace
encourage unions and employer organisations to take a constructive role in improving work health and safety practices
assisting businesses and workers to achieve a healthier and safer working environment
promote information, education and training on work health and safety
provide effective compliance and enforcement measures, and
deliver continuous improvement and progressively higher standards of work health and safety.”
“In furthering these aims regard must be had to the principle that workers and other persons should be given the highest level of protection against harm to their health, safety and welfare from hazards and risks arising from work as is reasonably practicable.
For these purposes ‘health’ includes psychological health as well as physical health.”
Safety Artisan Instructional Videos cover most of these Topics – follow the ‘WHS Page’ Link, below:
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