Teacher: Ms. Steindle
Topic: Workplace Safety
Date due: Thursday 10th March
Word count : 1231 words
The principle or purpose of Work Place Health and Safety Act is to ensure both the health and safety of each and every employee by implementing precautionary safety procedures to reduce the number of occupational health hazards.
To work efficiently, the Workplace Health and Safety Act requires co-operation from both employers and employees to ensure that the workplace is a healthy and safe environment. Both the employees and employers are required to abide by the rules and regulations from the act (division 2), which are set for them.
The Act states requirements for employers and are quite clear; they are to effectively ensure the workplace health and safety of each of the employer's workers (employees) in the conduct of the employer's business or undertaking. The employer also has an obligation to ensure the employer's own workplace health and safety in the conduct of the employer's business or undertaking.
The employer has an obligation to ensure other persons are not exposed to risks to their health and safety arising out of the conduct of the employer's business or undertaking.
Essentially, Employers are required to:
- Provide a safe and healthy workplace
- Provide and maintain a safe system of work
- Provide the safe use of handling, storage and transport with necessary resources (safety clothing & equipment)
- Provide a procedure to identify, assess and then eradicate unsafe risks and hazards
- Provide information and training for employees to work in a safe and healthy environment
- Ensure that employees carry out workplace rules.
As for employees, it is their responsibility to learn and understand Work place Health and Safety and to abide and co-operate with employers in helping maintain health...