WORKPLACE HEALTH, SAFETY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Workplace health, safety and sustainability
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Table of Contents
2. Legal rights and responsibilities of employers and employees3
3.Legal requirements for reporting and maintenance of accident forms4
4.Identification of Hazards4
6.Duties of WHS Officer and Committee6
8. Refernce list……………………………………………………………7
List of Appendices
A. Legislated Responsibilities of employers and employees…………….8
B. The different types of safety signs that you can find in the workplace.9
In the early 1990’s statistics showed that more people died as a result of workplace injuries and illnesses than on the roads. The high number of employee deaths was an unacceptable situation. According to the federal governments Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC), on average someone in Australia dies every two to three days as a result of workplace injury. Of all work related injuries in Queensland 25 per cent occur within the age group of 15-24 years old. Unsafe workplaces result in injuries and can result in law suits.
Acts passed by the federal government are the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and the Australian Workplace Safety Standards Act 2005, and their corresponding regulations. The objective of these Acts is to provide a healthy and safe work environment that reduces workplace related deaths and injuries.
LJ Looker has a number of WHS related issues in their work environment that can be easily fixed. In this report I’m going to go in depth into how LJ Looker can improve their WHS, I will address the problems that LJ Looker have in their workplace and I will talk about what needs to be done to fix them.
2. Legal rights and responsibilities of employers and employees
According to legislation, all employees and employers should feel that their workplaces is a safe environment to work in. this means that everyone has a duty of care while carrying out their work to ensure the health and safety of themselves and their colleagues. The Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 sets out the legislated responsibilities of employers and employees. It’s important that we have these responsibilities to prevent companies from getting blamed for problems that was the employer or employees’ responsibility. At LJ Looker an employee decides to take the safety guard off the paper shredder even though there has been a WHS sign up specifically asking her not to, this is a great example of the employees not being responsible. It was the employee’s responsibility to follow the correct procedure.
See Appendix 1 to view some of the legislated responsibilities of employers and employees.
1. Legal requirements for reporting and maintenance of accident forms UNDER QUEENSLAND’S WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT, ANY WORK INJURY, WORK CAUSE ILLNESS OR DANGEROUS EVENT MUST BE RECORDED ON AN INCIDENT RECORD/REPORT FORM WITHIN THREE DAYS OF THE INJURY OR DANGEROUS EVENT HAPPENING. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT BUSINESSES KEEP AN ACCURATE RECORD OF ALL ACCIDENTS THAT OCCUR IN THE WORKPLACE, FOR THE SAKE OF WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT OR IN THE FUTURE. IF INCIDENT AND ACCIDENTS ARE NOT RECORDED IT COULD RESULT IN THE EMPLOYEE RECEIVING NO COMPENSATION. LJ LOOKER HAS FAILED TO RECORD ANY OF THE ACCIDENTS OR ILLNESSES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THEIR WORKPLACE, THIS COULD SERIOUSLY AFFECT AN EMPLOYEE IF THEY HAD AN ACCIDENT IN THE WORKPLACE AND A YEAR LATER THEY HAD AN ISSUE WITH THEIR HEALTH RESULTING FROM THAT ACCIDENT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CLAIM ANY COMPENSATION FOR THEIR MEDICAL BILLS. PROPER REPORTING OF INCIDENTS, ACCIDENTS AND HAZARD IS NECESSARY TO:
• Facilitate early intervention and rehabilitation of injured...