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OHS–Occupational Health & Safety. What is OHS?. OHS is about the health, safety and welfare of all people in the workplace. Legal framework. The OHS Act 2000 and OHS Regulation 2001 constitute the main legislative framework for injury prevention in the workplace.

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what is ohs

What is OHS?

OHS is about the health, safety and welfare of all people in the workplace.

legal framework
Legal framework
  • The OHS Act 2000 and OHS Regulation 2001 constitute the main legislative framework for injury prevention in the workplace.
  • The purpose of the Act and Regulation is to ensure workplace health and safety with an emphasis on risk management and consultation.
duties of employers
Duties of employers

The employer is responsible for:

  • maintaining places of work, under the employer’s control, in a safe condition and ensuring safe entrances and exits
  • making arrangements to ensure the safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant and substances
  • providing and maintaining systems of work and working environments that are safe and without risks to health
  • providing the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure health and safety at work
  • providing adequate facilities for the welfare of employees
  • ensuring consultation with employees
duties of employees
Duties of employees

Employees must:

  • take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others at the workplace
  • cooperate with their employer to enable compliance with the OHS legislation.

Everyone at the workplace must:

  • not interfere with or misuse items provided for health, safety and welfare purposes
  • not hinder aid to an injured worker
  • not disrupt the workplace by creating health or safety fears.
ohs consultation
OHS consultation

Consultation arrangements should:

  • Provide for the sharing of relevant OHS information between employers and employees
  • Provide opportunities for employees to express their views about OHS issues
  • Ensure employees’ views are taken into account prior to decisions being made regarding health and safety
when to consult
When to consult

Consultation is required when:

  • Risks to health and safety are assessed or reviewed
  • Decisions are being made about measures to be taken to eliminate or control risks
  • Introducing or altering the procedures for monitoring risks
  • Decisions are made about the adequacy of staff welfare facilities
  • Changes are proposed to the workplace, system of work and substances used for work
  • Decisions are made about consultation arrangements
how to consult
How to consult

Consultation may be undertaken by any one or more of

the following:

  • OHS committee
  • OHS representative
  • Other agreed arrangement

Consultation also occurs in other workplace forums

such as staff meetings, team and committee


consultation arrangements at this workplace
Consultation arrangements at this workplace

What are the consultation arrangements at this workplace?

Where relevant, who is the OHS committee or OHS representative?

Where can a copy of the OHS consultation statement be found?

risk management process
Risk management process

Identify hazards

Monitor and Review

Consult and Communicate


Eliminate or control risks

hazard identification
Hazard identification

Possible ways to identify hazards?

  • safety inspections
  • task analysis
  • complaints
  • staff meetings
  • regular maintenance requests
  • consultation
  • observation
  • records of injury, illness and near-miss records
reporting hazards
Reporting hazards
  • How are hazards reported?
  • Who do I report hazards to?
hierarchy of controls
Hierarchy of controls
  • Controls should be considered in the following order:
    • Eliminate the hazard
    • Substitute the hazard
    • Isolate the hazard
    • Use engineering controls
    • Use administrative controls
    • Use personal protective equipment
injury management
Injury management

If you are injured at work:

  • Notify the employer/workplace manager
  • Complete the register of injuries
  • Consult a doctor where necessary
  • Authorise the doctor to provide relevant information to GIO and DET
  • Participate in a return to work plan
staff welfare
Staff Welfare
  • Staff Support Officers
  • Employee Assistance Program
first aid
First Aid
  • First aid procedures
  • Location of first aid kits
  • First aid officer(s)
emergency procedures
Emergency procedures
  • Emergency evacuation procedures at this workplace
further information
Further information
  • Fact sheets available on a range of risks
  • OHS-related enquiries:
    • Ask your principal
    • Contact your Staff Support Officer
  • Access information via the OHS webpage http://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/adminandmanage/ohands/index.htm