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How to Improve WHS Consultation in Your Workplace
Are you satisfied that WHS consultation in your workplace is effective?
The meaning of effective consultation is covered in the Code of Practice - Consultation, Co-operation and Co-ordination. (You can find a checklist for effective consultation in our June 2013 issue of Your Safety Matters http://www.courtenell.com.au/work-health-and-safety/Effective-Consultation-in-your-Workplace.html)
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 47-49 WHS Act).
You probably consult in your workplace by using as system of HSRs and/or a Health & Safety Committee but would your workers agree that the WHS consultation process in your workplace is effective. Recent research by Safe Work Australia may make you wonder.
Recent Research From Safe Work Australia
Survey work by Safe Work Australia of businesses in the manufacturing industry (Work Health & Safety Perceptions- Manufacturing Industry - Safe Work Australia) identified the shortcomings and need for improvement in WHS consultation. For example Safe Work Australia reported that:
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33% of serious claims are the result of muscular stress while lifting or handling objects
90% of serious claims were caused by injuries and musculoskeletal disorder
26,135 serious claims involved Falls, trips and slips of a person
Ref: ‘Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics, 2012–13’ Report by Safe Work Australia is licensed under CC by 3.0 AU
Do You Need to Improve WHS Consultation in Your Workplace?
You might like to consider taking the following steps;