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All rights reserved. No part of this work may be produced, published, communicated to the public or adapted without permission47Requirements to consult with other persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU).Where a PCBU(includes employers) has concurrent duties under the WHS/OHS Act with another PCBU, they must consult,cooperate and coordinate with each other and their workers, so far as is reasonably practicable.Flexibility in setting up consultation arrangementsThe WHS Act allows some flexibility in establishing consultation arrangements to best suit the consultation needsof the workers at the workplace.Health and safety Representatives (HSRs) can be elected to represent variouswork groups and investigate health and safety issues.A health and safety committee (HSC) can be established:The role of the HSC is to facilitate cooperation between the PCBU (includes employers) and workers on health andsafety matters as well as to develop work health and safety standards, rules and procedures.The legislation also allows other agreed arrangements to be set up provided the arrangement is agreed to by theworkers and is likely to result in better consultation and improved decision making.Once established, consultation must be in accordance with the procedures agreed to between the PCBU (includesemployers) and the workers.Regardless of the arrangement, the obligation of the PCBU (includes employers) to consult with all workersremains significant.When to consult with workersMany organisational decisions or actions have health and safety consequences for workers. For example,introducing new equipment into the workplace may affect the tasks your workers carry out, the timeframes fordoing work, how they interact with each other and the environment in which they work.The WHS Act identifies specific matters that trigger the requirement for consultation.Under the Act it states that:If requested byfive or moreworkersOn the initiativeof thePCBU (includesemployers)If requested bythe HSR
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplaceLicensed to Future Academy Australia PTY LTD. A.B.N. 11 969 792 323. National Provider No 31915 CRICOS 03320DAll rights reserved. No part of this work may be produced, published, communicated to the public or adapted without permission48A person conducting a business or undertaking must consult with workers when:However, it may be useful to also consult workers about matters that are not listed above, for example whenconducting investigations into incidents or ‘near misses’.Regular consultation is better than consulting on a case-by-case basis only as issues arise because it allows you toidentify and fix potential problems early.Communicating appropriatelyWhen communicating the outcomes of health and safety consultation, consider the specific needs of individualsand groups within the workplace. Before you communicate health and safety information, ask the followingquestions:What outcome am I trying to achieve with the communication?

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