What is the role of the Department of Labour and Workforce Development OccupationalHealth and Safety Officers?
Department of Labour and Workforce Development OccupationalHealth and Safety Officers uphold and enforce the Act. They inspect workplaces, investigate hazardous situations, accidents and work refusals. An officer may issue orders where there is a contravention of the Act or Regulations. In addition, officers are available to provide advice where there are workplace concerns which could benefit from their participation. Committees may find it helpful to enlist the assistance of an
For example, stakeholders raised a number of concerns about the effectiveness of the collaboration between ACC and the Department of Labour, including whether it is providing for consistent and cohesive services across the functions of the occupationalhealth and safety system. An example of this can be seen in the data sharing processes between ACC and the Department (such as sharing of WSE data): knowledge of the workplaces in this scheme is a critical component in ensuring that workplaces proven unsafe can be followed-up by the compliance agency and corrective measures put in place. However, the Memorandum of Understanding appears to limit the Department of Labour’s ability to use data in this way. This is a critical issue that may need to be resolved to ensure that steps can be taken to deliver a seamless service between the compliance and enforcement system and the rehabilitation and compensation scheme. The Department of Labour recognises the importance of good collaboration between itself and ACC and has established a dedicated team to manage this relationship.
OccupationalHealth and Safety is a specialized field that focuses on the health and safety needs of employees and the impact of the workplace on the environment. Industry, government, First Nations, and businesses require professionals who can anticipate, assess, and communicate risks, as well as develop programs designed to improve health in the work environment. In this 9 week program, students will acquire the necessary skills to work in this demanding field.
at least the equipment listed in Annexure A of the General Safety Regulations in terms of the OccupationalHealth and Safety Act.
9.3 For every group of up to 100 employees the relevant Hospital Manager/Instituition Manager/District Manager as the case may be shall designate a First Aider to assist with first aid treatment at the workplace. Such person shall be trained at departmental expense to obtain a valid certificate of competency in first aid, issued either by –
Why is it necessary to implement appropriate work practices?
Regulations in various jurisdictions contain only minimum occupationalhealth and safety requirements.
Although regulations are necessary to protect the health and safety of workers, care must be taken to avoid having too much or too little. If there are not enough regulations, people feel that workplace health and safety matters little or is just a matter of common sense. If there are too many regulations, employees may feel that their intelligence is underestimated and that regulations are usually superfluous. The following principles can be used to establish useful regulations:
On the 30 th April 2014 Bob Kirby, OHS Consultant for Safety Systems Pty Ltd, identified asbestos- containing material (ACM) present at premises Pioneer Settlement Monash Drive Swan Hill VIC 3585
This work was carried out in accordance with the requirements of Regulations 4.3.20 & 4.3.21 of the OccupationalHealth and Safety Regulations 2007.
The OccupationalHealth and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) sets out the key principles, duties and rights in relation to workplace health and safety. The OccupationalHealth and Safety Regulations 2007 specifies the ways duties imposed by the OHS Act must be undertaken and prescribes
procedural/administrative matters to support the OHS Act, such as requiring licenses for specific activities, or the need to keep records or notify authorities on certain matters 1 .
The University Joint Health and Safety Committee, which includes representation from the five Sectoral OccupationalHealth and Safety Committees (SOHSC), is composed of people who represent the workers and the employer. Together, they are committed to improving health and safety conditions in the workplace. Committees identify potential health and safety problems and bring them to the employer representative’s attention of each sector.
Good Practice Note – OccupationalHealth and Safety Management 2
Third, the high cost of insurance, medical treatment, disruptions to operations, poor reputation as an employer of choice and even loss of donors due to the reputational risk arising from careless attention to OH&S warrants the investment of time and financial resources into an OH&S management system OH&S management system is therefore a key component of a Center’s overall risk management s In many organizations, the focus of OH&S programs in the past has centered on compliance with regulatory and statutory requirements, but the multitude of work-related hazards and risks facing organizations requires a comprehensive and systematic approach. A systems approach to workpla safety provides the means for organizations to determine the specific needs of their workplaces and employees as opposed to regulations that are designed in a broad and general fashion. A systems approach also helps ensure that OH&S is not tackled on an ad-hoc basis or in a fire-fighting manner, simply attacking each issue as it arises. This Note advocates good practices which form part of a systems approach to OH&S and serve as benchmarks for assessments of Cen
d) ensure anyone working with ACM that exposure is monitored, workers are protected and emergency procedures are in place in case of overexposure, as per Part 4 of the OccupationalHealth and Safety Code
e) ensure that an area containing ACM where work is being done is restricted, and properly identified and access is allowed only to those who are authorized and trained to be in the area f) ensure methods for decontamination of the equipment, work area and the workers and their
(c) includes a framework for participation, transfer of information and refusal of unsafe work, all of which are necessary for the parties to carry out their responsibilities pursuant to this Act and the regulations; and
(d) is supplemented by the role of the OccupationalHealth and Safety Division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, which is not to assume responsibility for creating and maintaining safe and healthy workplaces, but to establish and clarify the responsibilities of the parties under the law, to support them in carrying out their responsibilities and to intervene appropriately when those responsibilities are not carried out. 1996, c. 7, s. 2; 2010, c. 66, s. 1; 2011, c. 24, s. 1.
All members of the workplace have legal obligations under the Ontario OccupationalHealth and Safety Act with respect to workplace safety and it is to the fulfilling of these legal obligations that this manual is directed.
Specific responsibilities of individual supervisors will depend to a large extent on the type of work being performed and on the size and nature of the work unit. A manual of this type therefore cannot provide an exhaustive outline of the specific duties and responsibilities. Where specific questions related to health and safety arise they should first be directed to your immediate supervisor. The staff of the Department of OccupationalHealth and Safety (DOHS) and other support units within the University are available to assist you in fulfilling the health and safety responsibilities of your job.
This document describes the policies, procedures, safe work procedures and forms applicable to a construction project. XTREME SCAFFOLDING will comply with the requirements set out in this plan. This H&S Plan complies with the requirements set out in the OHSS and describes XTREME SCAFFOLDING management’s methods to achieve this goal. The aim of this document is to present the occupationalhealth and safety aspects that will be controlled and managed on a project.
b) All employees shall receive adequate training in their specific work tasks to protect their health and safety.
4) JOINT HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEES
a) The district has established a Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) as allowed by the OHSA section 9(3.1) by order in writing to establish and maintain one JHSC for more than one workplace. Refer to “Guidelines for the Structure and Function of the Hastings and Prince Edward Joint Health and Safety Committee” located on the Health and Safety Resources page of the HPEDSB website, as agreed between the board and ETFO,
All injuries to the employee must be reported to the appropriate supervisor/manager as soon as possible after the accident/incident occurs.
All injuries that require consultation with a doctor, hospitalisation, compensation or more than one day off shall be investigated by the Manager Human Resources, the Safety Representative and the Supervisor/Manager of that injured person.
(3) A Director of Inspection or a Director of Occupational Hygiene may require any person who has begun or is about to begin a project to furnish to a Director, within the time specified by a Director, the plans, drawings and specifications that are reasonably necessary for determining whether the health and safety of the workers concerned is being or will be protected.
(b) the person to whom that order has been made is carrying on the work without complying with that order,
a Director of Inspection may, notwithstanding that the person to whom the order was made may or may not have been prosecuted under this Act for not complying with that order, apply to the Court of Queen’s Bench for an order of the Court requiring that person to comply with the order made by a Director of Inspection, a Director of Medical Services, a Director of Occupational Hygiene, an officer or the Council, as the case may be.
for inclusion into Annex XIV of the REACH regulation. The prioritisation approach developed by ECHA  considers the inherent properties, the volume and the wide-dispersive use of a substance. Each criterion is di- vided into categories of different scores (initially pub- lished values, see Tables 4, 5 and 6). These were developed in a way that the criteria are weighed with 18%, 41% and 41%, respectively. The recommendation criteria do not give priority to substances relevant for worker exposure. The maximum score for inherent properties can only be achieved in case of substances that are PBT and vPvB or PBT with T being non- threshold C or M. Giving the highest score to environ- mental hazards was an attempt to promote the priori- tisation of this specific concern since most of the substances with PBT and/or vPvB properties have low volumes and have proven to be hardly prioritised. Ac- cording to the guidance given by ECHA , the ‘wide disperse use of a substance is characterised by the as- sumption that the substance is used by consumers or by many users in the public domain, including small, non- industrial companies’. Consequently, the high scoring values for wide-dispersive use generally gives priority to substances largely found in consumer products. From our point of view, promotion of substances that are rele- vant for worker exposure (e.g. widespread use: ‘Uses tak- ing place at many places, which however do not result in significant releases of a substance, may be considered only as ‘widespread’ but not as ‘wide-dispersive’ ) is missing. The following fictional example using revised but not yet published scores shall elucidate that there are scenarios that will clearly prevent a fast and neces- sary promotion from the candidate list to Annex XIV of a substance for which a risk has been identified: Assum- ing to have a substance toxic to reproduction, that is produced in volumes of 10 to 100 t/a and used community-wide in a non-diffuse manner in 100 sites would gain a score of 6. Assuming further that more than 1,000 workers are exposed and limit values are exceeded, further legislation is deemed appropriate from occupationalsafety and health point of view. Since the criteria do not take the risk into account, the substances would not be prioritised for a long time due to a low score. From our current experience, we would at least question effectiveness as well as efficiency of the current
CCOHS: Canadian Centre for OccupationalHealth and Safety. (http://www.ccohs.ca/resources) The Resources section of the CCOHS website provides access to a directory of Internet sites on health and safety, links to discussion groups, and also an alerting service relating to Canadian policy.
EEVL: the internet guide to engineering, mathematics and computing, (http://www.eevl.ac.uk) Like BIOME, EEVL is a hub within the Resource Discovery Network. It is the primary gateway to quality assured engineering sites, and will therefore be mentioned elsewhere in this book. However, it is worth highlighting in this chapter that, in addition to the searching capability, there is also the option to browse for sites relevant to OccupationalSafety and Health. From the home page, select the Engineering subject area followed by OccupationalSafety and Health. You can then browse over 220 sites which have been selected for inclusion by subject experts.
Key occupationalhealth and safety processes are standardized in order to enable the creation and advancement of sustainable comprehensive and integrated processes, methods, and systems. The health and safety organization
Each organizational unit of the Daimler Group must guarantee health and safety. To this end, experts from the areas of occupationalhealth and safety must be deployed and the organization must take place in accordance with country-specific requirements. The organizational units are additionally supported by centers of experts on general health and safety topics – such as machine safety or hazardous substances. The experts in these centers work on specialist topics; internal and external experts develop future-oriented concepts in order to create optimal processes and safety standards as well as to ensure legal certainty.