State and Federal Occupational Health and Safety Acts form a framework
that both employers and employees can use to arrive at a workable
This framework fosters a process of consultation and co-operation. The key elements of OHS legislation are:
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to visit the following site: http://www.nohsc.gov.au
1. Use the navigation provided, or search, to locate appropriate documents related to National standards, codes of practice and related guidance.
focus of the legislation is performance based. This focus puts
the emphasis on achieving outcomes rather than simply following
a set of rules prescribed by a government. This in turn allows
each workplace the flexibility they need to respond to their
individual safety needs.
The legislation provides a general framework so employers can manage their individual OHS needs in consultation with their employees.
In addition to prosecutions and/or on-the-spot fines, inspectors
have the authority to either close the workplace until the hazard
is fixed, or allow work to continue provided that the hazard is
fixed in a certain time. If the hazard is not rectified, the employer
may be prosecuted.
Penalties vary between the states, territories and the Commonwealth with fines ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 for companies and $1000 to $50,000 for employees. Serious breaches may also result in imprisonment.
OHS legislation is constantly changing as new laws are passed and current standards are refined and updated. As a manager you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that your team is using current and appropriate work practices. To achieve this it is essential that you keep abreast of the changes and modify your OHS policies and procedures accordingly.
There are many ways of doing this but the most effective is to monitor
the government bodies that create and enforce OHS legislation. Using
the www site addresses in this program is a good place to start.
This information can be obtained from your:
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you might like to visit the following site: http://www.nohsc.gov.au
1. Select the Health and safety link.
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2. Search for associated publications.
As the store's health and safety policies and procedures should conform to, the OHS requirements, it is important that you have a sound knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety legislation that applies to your working environment.