they remain relevant and meet the department’s needs. Duties of the department The department will, as far as is reasonably possible, ensure: your health and safety while you are at work, and that other people are not put at risk from work carried out for, or on behalf of, the department. The department will, as far as reasonably possible, develop, implement and maintain: a work environment that is free from risks to health and safety safe systems of work the provision of appropriate information, instruction, training and supervision, and ongoing monitoring and auditing of conditions associated with the department’s operations. Duties of workers As a worker you are required to: take reasonable care for your own health and safety take reasonable care that your actions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other people
comply with any reasonable instruction or directions given by the department to ensure compliance with WHS obligations co-operate with any policy, procedure or guideline of the department, and promptly report and record WHS risks or incidents, in accordance with the procedures. Managers are also expected to: provide leadership and model appropriate attitudes to WHS matters proactively assist in identifying and managing potential WHS issues encourage staff to report and record WHS risks or incidents respond promptly and appropriately to WHS reports ensure staff have access to workplace adjustments to prevent deterioration of their health verify that the right training, instruction and supervision is available for staff, and make sure employees and workers have the right information, and escalate matters to the Your.Safety mailbox when necessary. Duties of officers An officer is a person who makes, or participates in making, decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of the department. This is generally an SES Band 2 or Band 3. Officers are obliged to exercise due diligence and to take steps to satisfy themselves that the department is effectively discharging its WHS duties. This includes: keeping up-to-date on WHS matters understanding the department’s operations, hazards, risks and control mechanisms
ensuring there are the right resources and processes available to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety understanding the processes and systems used by the department to comply with its WHS duties, and implementing adequate mechanisms for receiving, considering and acting on relevant information regarding incidents, hazards and control mechanisms. Duties of other people (including visitors) If a person is not a worker, but attends a department building (for example, visitors), they must: take reasonable care of their own health and safety take reasonable care that their actions or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of others, and comply, so far as they are able, with any instructions that may be given by the department regarding WHS obligations.
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