Courtenell Pty Ltd
as Trustee for the Vowles Family Trust
WHS Training Specialists, Sydney, Australia
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Managers and Supervisors have to deal with this issue every day in their workplace – keeping the employees and others in their area of responsibility and control, safe and healthy.
The steps that Managers and Supervisors need to take in their workplace to achieve a safe and healthy workplace are;
The WHS Act (Section 19) requires that the PCBU must ensure as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of everyone in their workplace.
This is the PCBU’s primary duty of care but Managers and Supervisors are key persons in making this a reality.
For example, all Managers and Supervisors are involved to a greater or lesser extent in, “the provision of any information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking,” (WHS Act Section 19 (f)).
Depending on the nature of your business, your workers will require information or instruction, training and supervision in matters such as:
And also, Managers and Supervisors need to know what the risks are in their area of the workplace and how they must be handled so that they can contribute
to other essentials of the PCBU’s duty of care such as the establishment and
As shown in Section 28 of the WHS Act Managers and Supervisors must:
You will probably find that taking appropriate actions as described in Step 5 is
easier than it perhaps looks. Most large workplaces have an established WHS
Management System with policies and procedures that cover health and safety
issues in your area of work. Implementing and maintaining workplace policies
and procedures is one of the key points in your WHS duty of care.
Where necessary you can look for resources from sources such as the
WorkCover NSW website and see the guidance material and Codes of Practice
that they have on the WHS issues you are dealing with.
You are welcome to download this article and distribute it within your organisation.