Courtenell Pty Ltd
as Trustee for the Vowles Family Trust
WHS Training Specialists, Sydney, Australia
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As you know a PCBU must consult, so far as is reasonably practicable, with workers who carry out work for the business or undertaking and who are (or are likely to be) directly affected by a health and safety matter (Section 47 WHS Act).
Most medium to large businesses use health and safety committees and/or HSRs to consult with workers.
The duty to consult is based on the recognition that worker input and participation improves decision-making about health and safety matters and assists in reducing work-related injuries and disease.
But are you obtaining all the expected benefits from the consultation process in your workplace?
You could reasonably expect that because you have HSRs and/or a H&S Committee and a consultation process, that your workplace will have benefits such as;
- a lack of understanding of how the activities of each person may add to the hazards and risks to which others may be exposed
- duty holders assume that someone else is taking care of the health and safety matter
- the person who takes action is not the best person to do so.
If you use the above list of benefits as a checklist you may identify one or more areas in your workplace where the expected benefits of consultation are not yet apparent. Further attention to those areas could then reveal actions that are needed to improve the situation and achieve the expected benefits.
The section about benefits is based upon material in the Safe Work Australia Consultation, Co-operation and Co-ordination Code of Practice.
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