Requirements

Is your business meeting requirements when it comes to occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and legislation?

Take a look at the following checklists to see if you are meeting your minimum obligations when it comes to keeping your workplace healthy:

Occupational Safety and Health

  • Is there an up-to-date list of all hazardous substances used or stored?
  • Have all employees received training and information on the safe use, handling, transport and storage of all hazardous substances?
  • Do you have any written plans of what to do in an emergency and have you trained your employees?
  • Has someone in your workplace been trained to provide first aid?
  • Have you provided employees with access to clean drinking water, suitable toilet and suitable hand washing facilities?
  • Do you consult with your employees on issues that may affect their safety and health?
  • When using contractors do you discuss OSH issues prior to them starting work? Can you provide evidence of the discussion or consultation?
  • Have all employees received adequate induction training?
  • Do you keep a record of injuries, incidents and near misses of your workplace?
  • Do you carry out regular safety inspections of your workplace?
  • Are you a small business? Take the Safety Quiz.

Workers’ compensation

  • You must have workers’ compensation insurance for anyone you employ who the legislation defines as a ‘worker’
  • All employers are required to establish an injury management system. An injury management system is a written description of the steps to be followed when there is an injury in the workplace
  • A Return to Work Program is an integral part of any injury management system.
  • You are required to develop a written Return to Work Program for the injured worker as soon as practicable when the medical practitioner:
    • Advises you in writing that a Return to Work Program should be established for the worker
    • Signs a Certificate of Capacity indicating that the worker has partial capacity to return to work
    • Signs a Certificate of Capacity indicating that the worker has total capacity to return to work, but for some reason is not able to return to the position held immediately prior to injury.
  • Employers must keep an injured worker’s position available (where reasonably practicable) for 12 months from the day the worker is entitled to receive weekly payments.

Legislation

In Western Australia, there are multiple pieces of legislation that may apply to businesses depending on the scope of their operation. The main legislation that businesses may operate under includes:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Regulations 1996
  • Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and Regulations 1996
  • Dangerous Goods Safety Act 2004 and associated Regulations
  • Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, Regulations 1982 and the Workers’ Compensation Code of Practice (Injury Management) 2005

Codes of practice, Guidance notes and fact sheets have been developed by the relevant authorities to provide practical advice on strategies for compliance with the legislation.

If you want to learn more about achieving your safety and risk obligations or for further information regarding Codes of practice, Guidance notes and fact sheets, contact CCI’s Safety and Risk Services team on (08) 9365 7415 or email osh@cciwa.com.

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