Occupational Safety & Health Legislation

This unit cannot be studied without the knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Legislation. On the Internet you'll find all issuses regarding Occupational Safety and Health. The unit (CPCCBC4002A) doesn't refers to specific parts of the OSH legislation but without the knowledge of the OSH legislation you wouln'd be able to study the unit successfully.

Students who are not familiar with Internet search techniques may find this information helpful.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the OSH Act) and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (the Regulations), together with the Code's of Practice are the principal legislation governing occupational safety and health in Western Australian workplaces.
Safe Work Australia is the national policy body responsible for the model work health and safety laws. The Commonwealth, states and territories are responsible for regulating and enforcing the laws in their jurisdictions.

Table 1
The following states and territories now use (Workplace health and safety) legislation instead of previous OH&S laws: State that have not harmonised WHS:
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • The Commonwealth of Australia
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania 
  • Victoria
  • Western    Australia 

  • CPCCOHS1001A Work safely in the construction industry (White Card)

    Construction white cards are required by construction workers before they enter any construction site. Workers are required to present their white card to the site supervisor at inductions or prior to entering the construction site.
    This unit of competency supports the attainment of the basic OHS knowledge required prior to undertaking designated work tasks within any of the sectors within the construction industry. The unit relates directly to the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work

    Manage occupational health and safety in the building and construction workplace

    The unit (CPCCBC4002A) applies to individuals with managerial responsibility for providing a systematic approach to hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control, with the emphasis on elimination or, where this is not possible, minimisation of risk. It also includes conceptual models for understanding the nature of hazards. Small business safety has been developed using the best small business workplace safety programs and has helped over 3000 small businesses around Western Australia improve safety in their workplace.

    A systematic approach is particularly helpful when there is limited knowledge about the hazards and how to control the risks in the particular circumstances

    Sources of information

    Ask yourself where can I obtain these data and sources of information? Who do I need to work with? What agencies (industry bodies, union, employer groups, manufacturers etc) can help me to find the necessary data and information?

    If an organisation develops a safety & health policy it will consider safety statistics to control safety and health risks. The organization need to recognise that there is no single reliable measure of health and safety performance.

    In Table 2 you find links to the Act (WA), Regulation (WA), ModelCode of Practice (Safe Work Australia), Australian Standards

    Table 2
    Acts are law. They describe how to provide health and safety in the workplace Example:
    Western Australian Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984
    (Western Australian Legislation)
    Regulations made under the Act and define specific requirements related to a particular hazard at work. Example:
    Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996
    (Western Australian Legislation)
    Model Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how to comply with a general duty or specific duties of the regulations Example:
    How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace
    Australian Standards setting out specifications and procedures designed to ensure products, services and systems are safe, reliable. Example:
    AS/NZS 4360:1995 Risk Management
    AS-NZS 4576-1995 Guidelines for scaffolding

    The Act provides the general principles of workplace safety laws, the Regulations provide the more specific details for the various industries and procedures.

    Table 3 provides you with links to additional resources.

    Table 3
    WorkSafe Western Australia What you can do on our websitey
    safe work australia Who we are & what we do
    making complainsw about workplace
    hazard, accident or incident
    report hazards observe in workplace
    Workplace health and safety statistics and how they are calculated and used. WorkSafe statistics
    Standards Australia General Information
    Safety Institute of Australia Journals Journal of Health & Safety
    Safety Journal Open Access Journal

    There are more external resources that you can assess like other Journals, manufacturers' manuals & specifications, OHS specialists, etc.

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