Contribute to the Implementation of OHS Consultation Process. Presented by Michael Brown. My presentation for you all today will cover the following four elements, using activities completed by myself throughout the process of this course.
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Contribute to the Implementation of OHS Consultation Process
Presented by Michael Brown
Regulatory services (work cover)
Person in control of work place
Knowledge of industry expectations
Not compliant with legislation
Implement awareness training in safety
To be held accountable by management
Make sure all persons have a full understanding of their responsibilities and are held accountable if responsibilities are not met
Implement a procedure to make sure people are held accountable eg. Warning systems, reports, three strikes your out etc
Knowledge of the Industry
Hold relevant person accountable for the induction process relevant to their position eg. Director, Manager, Supervisor, Leading Hand, Labourer
Provide adequate training and information to staff
Employ qualified or experienced persons, provide adequate supervision or training for inexperienced persons
Not Compliant with Legislation
Adequate training for relevant persons to gain an understanding of Legislation outlines significant to your business. Employ trained person eg. Safety officer, to enforce requirements are met
Select the correct tools eg. Toolbox talks, email, meetings and consultation to the suit the applicable work group
Communication/ Tools (Lack Of)
Use networking and adequate/ appropriate explanations to implement the change. In regards to religion be aware of beliefs and rituals of different cultures and put appropriate measures in place to accommodate these needs
Provide training for better time management, Ensure adequate staff for task required. Work to reasonable/ accomplishable deadlines
Better planing, better budgeting
Using data from the Safe Work Australia website I was able to determine that in the period of 2007/2008 there were a total of 14410 claims in the construction industry.
From the age groups of <20 to 65+ the age group with the highest amount of claims was 20>24 with a total amount of 1910 claims in that period.
I believe that the reasoning behind this would be that this is the age group that a lot of people start work so their lack of experience and training/qualifications would be a major contributing factor. Attitude and ignorance may also be a contributing factor as at this age people often have the “I’m indestructible” attitude towards life.
Referring to my graph the most common occurring claims that arise in the construction industry involve the body areas head, eye, neck, shoulder, hands, knee, foot, multiple injury.
As construction is a very physical industry it involves a lot of general wear and tear on the body, which would definitely be a major contributing factor. Another major contributor would be the hazardous and unstable nature of the construction-working environment. The use of machinery hand and power tools on a daily basis would also contribute, as using these tools and machines alone in its self can be potentially dangerous.
Not having or being provided with adequate or appropriate PPE for the conditions the worker is working in would also contribute.
The combination of lack of training in specific areas eg manual handling, correct use of power tools, machine operation, induction etc and poor supervision when appropriate would also contribute.
My recommendations would be,
1.Employers ensure all workers are suitably trained/qualified for the job they are undertaking.
2.Appropriate person ensures all workers are inducted.
3.If a job description requires specific skills seek adequate training.
4.Employers ensure that all workers are provided with adequate or appropriate PPE for the conditions they are working in.
5.Employers ensure that workers are physically capable of the job requested of them.
6.Employers apply measures to hold supervisors accountable.
7.Employers inform and instruct workers about their general duty of care.
To identify the hazards associated with the set-up of a crane on a building site, to explore controls to minimize or eliminate these hazards and to incorporate them into a Safety Check List for everyday use by appropriate persons on site.
Summary of toolbox talk:
Subject: Past, Present and future hazards
Persons Present: Brent wallis, Dave Jeffress, Scott Leigh, Rick Smith,Mick Brown, Brett Granter
Comments and points raised:
Corrective Action: Create safety checklist
Action By: Mick Brown
Sign off by: Brett Granter (Director)
Refer to hand outs for information summary of Hazard and control factors
Refer to hand outs to see final copy of safety checklist
I Lay Bricks PTY LTD
The story of the creation of the safety committee
I lay bricks was experiencing a lot of safety incidences
Resulting in their workers spending lots of time with doctors and nurses instead of being at work
Then came the lawyers with their compensation claims
Cost was up and the books looked bad
Mick did a report and found that avoidable safety incidences were through the roof and were the key cause to the poor money situation
He created the safety committee
Incidences dropped and the workers were back at work and happy
Now Mick is on top of the world and can rest easy thanks to his trusty safety committee
Terms of Reference
I Lay Bricks Pty Ltd is committed to ensuring the safety of all employees, contractors and visitors to the worksites where we operate and the rectification of any hazards identified in the workplace.
To this end, a Safety Committee has been established.
The purpose of the Committee is as follows:
(a) give information, ideas and feedback to the employer and
managers about how to implement work safety best practice;
(b) provide a forum for the employer to raise work safety concerns
for the committee to consider;
(c) encourage workers to take an interest in work safety issues in
(d) review the circumstances of injuries, diseases and serious
incidents in the workplace, and make recommendations to the
The committee will consist of an equal number of representatives from employer/management and workers.
Election of members
Calls for nominations of workers to the Safety Committee will be by internal memorandum.
Nominations must be in writing. If more than one nomination is received, an election will be held.
Worker representatives will serve on the Committee for two years but may renominate for a further term.
Management representatives are appointed by the employer and will hold managerial or supervisory roles in the workplace.
Training of Committee Members
Elected members and appointed members must complete an approved OH&S Consultation Training Course.
The Committee will meet at least quarterly. A quorum is present at a meeting if—
(a) at least 1 member representing the interests of the employer is
present at the meeting; and
(b) more than half the committee members present at the meeting are workers employed by I Lay Bricks Pty Ltd
The schedule of meetings for the year will be decided at the first meeting of the year.
The Chairperson will be elected by the Committee members. Worker representatives and management representatives are equally eligible for election to this position.
Attendance at meetings
A Committee member who is unable to attend a meeting must inform the Chairperson prior to the meeting. The Chairperson may invite an appropriate ‘stand in’ or change the meeting date.
If a member is absent for three consecutive meetings without a satisfactory explanation, the Chairperson can declare that position vacant and a new member can be elected.
The Chairperson must be notified of all matters to be discussed at Committee meetings at least ten working days prior to the meeting. The agenda must be distributed to members at least five working days prior to the meeting.
A person whom is not on the committee and has no input into the discussion or any voting rights must minute every meeting. Minutes must be available to all interested parties within five working days of the meeting.
All workers should have access to Committee members to report any incidents, hazards or other safety issues as they are identified.
The Committee will address all such reports and concerns at the next meeting and report the outcome of their discussions to all interested parties in the workplace.
Managers and supervisors have an obligation to ensure that all incidents etc are reported to the Committee and will be held accountable if this is not done.
Non-members at meetings
The Committee may invite non-members with particular skills or expertise to attend a meeting for information and consultation. The Chair has the final say as to the appropriateness of the invitation.
Such visitors have no voting rights at the meeting.
Terms of Reference Review
The Committee will review these terms of reference annually and amend as necessary. Changes must be notified to the workplace within 21 days.
Thankyou All for Your Time