seb323 week 11a - SEB323 Managing Industrial Organisations...

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1 SEB323 Managing Industrial Organisations Week 11a Lecture 2 nd Semester 2007 School of Engineering and Information Technology Faculty of Science and Technology Waurn Ponds Campus Module 4: Occupational Health and Safety Topic 2: OHS Legislation
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2 Defining Occupational Health and Safety Occupational health and safety (OHS) is: > the legislation, policies, procedures and activities that aim to protect the health, safety and welfare of all people at the workplace. > that everyone has a right to healthy and safe work > that everyone has a right to a work environment that enables them to live a socially and economically productive life F r o m t h e L a s c u Why Should an Organisation care about OHS? > Legal mandates ± ± Must do what is reasonable and practical > Threat of litigation ± Civil or criminal charges ± Employees may sue for damages > Ethically and morally responsible ± Basic Human Rights ± Employee recruitment, motivation and retention ± Public relations
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3 > In Australia, it’s the States and Territories that have the primary responsibility to legislate and regulate OHS matters. > The Federal Government has an advisory role ± Co-ordinating harmonisation efforts between states ± Developing recommendations, guidelines, drafts ± Focus on issues of national interest related to OHS OHS Legislation and Regulation OHS Legislation and Regulation > So if your organisation operates nationally in Australia the you have to consider the OHS legislation and regulations for: ± Six States ± Two Territories > This fact alone explains why there is an increased effort to harmonise OHS legislation and regulation nationally ± So that organisations are dealing with similar laws and regulations regardless of the state or territory where their operations are located
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4 OHS Legislation: State of Victoria > In Victoria the principal legislation is the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 ± Introduced following a major review of the OHS Act 1985 ± New provisions in the 2004 Act ± The Act states its objectives as: To achieve, through the active involvement of all workplace parties, a safe and healthy workplace for all Victorians, whereby risks to the health, safety, and welfare of employees, other persons at work, and the public are eliminated OHS Legislation: State of Victoria > New provisions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 include: ± Definition of ‘health’ specifically includes ‘psychological health’ • So hazards now include: – Bullying –S t
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