A safe and healthy workplace is easier to achieve when workers are consulted and involved. And the WHS Act (section 49) says workers must be consulted. Also see page 5 of Code of Practice: How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks.
You are welcome to download and use the following checklist of when workers must be consulted. Modify it, if you wish, for your workplace. Managers and Supervisors have an important part to play in achieving every part of this checklist.
When Do You Consult Your Workers?
When identifying hazards? ____
When assessing risks to health and safety?____
When making decisions about ways to eliminate or minimise those risks ____
When proposing changes that may affect the health and safety of workers? ____
When making decisions about the adequacy of facilities for the welfare of workers? ____
When making decisions about procedures for:
- consulting with workers? ____
- resolving workplace health and safety issues? ____
- monitoring the health of workers? ____
- monitoring workplace conditions? ____
- providing information and training for workers? ____
You are welcome to download and distribute the article in
your workplace if you feel it may be useful