Safe Work Australia has published legislative fact sheets on 12 key areas of the harmonised work health and safety laws, which are expected to take effect in just over six months' time. Specifically tailored for a legal audience, but containing concise, accessible information, the fact sheets are:
Refer to safeworkaustralia.gov.au
UWA Safety and Health has produced a pro-forma Generic Health and Safety Manual. It includes information which applies across the University and which also provides guidance to assist in adapting it for use in specific work areas.
The University is required to be compliant with the new harmonised “Work Health and Safety Act” by 1 January 2012. The structured approach promoted by this manual includes the creation or updating of existing systems of work to assist in meeting legislative compliance.
As a minimum, areas should use this manual as a guide and compare their local documentation and processes with a view to achieving equivalence with the described safe system of work. Future revisions of documents should adopt the document titles and types described in this manual to achieve consistency across the University. The revised system of work can only become fully operational in an area upon completion of a table of sequential objectives which also involves the establishment or endorsement of a local Health and Safety Committee. The finished manual and related system of working is ratified and then the local policy document is signed to link it to the University Occupational Safety and Health Policy (this is likely to be revised and titled “Work Health and Safety Policy”).
There has been a number of training sessions on the application of the manual and use as part of a revised safe system of work. It is currently being trialled in Facilities Management. The manual can be found online
For those who have missed out on our earlier editions, copies of previous newsletters are available. All are encouraged to distribute relevant safety information in your workplaces.