Workplace OH&S

                                                 

 

HOW CAN PERFORMING REGULAR OH&S CHECKLISTS HELP MY BUSINESS?

 

By performing OH&S checklists on a regular basis it will give you a much better understanding of how safely you are running your business and give you the opportunity to solve and prevent to the best of your ability any RISKS or HAZARDS that may exist within your business.

OH&S checklist can be as simple or as detailed as your business requires depending on your circumstances and nature of the business.

 

 

 

Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995

  

(1) The objective of this Act is to prevent a person’s death, injury or illness being caused by a workplace, by a relevant workplace area,by work activities or by plant or substances for use at a relevant workplace.

   

Example of an illness caused by a workplace  

  • Asthma caused by inhaling spray paint mist from a neighbouring workplace.

Example of an illness caused by a work activity

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a liquefied petroleum gas operated forklift being used in a coldroom

Example of an illness caused by plant

  • Legionnaire’s disease caused by inhaling legionella bacteria from the contaminated cooling tower of an airconditioning unit

 

(2) The objective is achieved by preventing or minimising a person’s exposure to the risk of death, injury or illness caused by a workplace, by a relevant workplace area, by work activities, or by plant or substances for use at a relevant place.

  

 

OBLIGATIONS FOR WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY

  

(1) The following persons have obligations under division 2 to ensure workplace health and safety—

 

• persons who conduct a business or undertaking, whether as employers, self-employed persons or otherwise

• persons in control of workplaces

• designers, manufacturers and suppliers of plant

• erectors and installers of plant

• owners of plant

• manufacturers and suppliers of substances

• persons in control of relevant workplace areas

• persons in control of fixtures, fittings or plant included in relevant workplace areas.

 

 

                                                     

 

 

ENSURING WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY

 

 

 

Workplace health and safety is ensured when persons are free from—

(a) death, injury or illness caused by any workplace, relevant workplace area, work activities, or plant or substances for use at a relevant place; and

(b) risk of death, injury or illness created by any workplace, relevant workplace area, work activities, or plant or substances for use at a relevant place.