Our WHS article last week, How to Increase the Benefits of WHS Consultation, suggested an easy way to review the state of consultation in your workplace. It can reveal areas of consultation that do not match up to your expectations or requirements - areas that can be improved to provide you with more benefits.
Our article this week suggests another way to easily identify the state of the benefits and effectiveness of the consultation processes in your workplace. This approach focuses on the detail in the mandatory consultation requirements of the NSW WHS Act, Sections 46 to 49.
Have a look at the points in the checklist below and see what you think.
You may like to mark a score out of 10 in each box in the checklist. That will identify any compliance shorfall and help indicate the action you need to take to improve the situation. When the shortfalls are handled the benefits of WHS consultation will flow freely.
Checklist for WHS Consultation Compliance
Work Health and Safety Consultation, Co-operation and Co-ordination Code of Practice page 7
In your workplace is consultation a 2 way process between the PCBU and workers where they:
talk to each other about health and safety matters?
listen to concerns and raise their concerns?
seek and share views and information?
Are all workers encouraged to:
ask questions about health and safety?
raise concerns and report problems?
make safety recommendations?
be part of the problem solving process?
Section 48 WHS Act – Nature of Consultation
Are all workers given:
and, are the health and safety views of workers taken into account?
and, if the workers are represented by a health and safety representative, is the representative involved in the consultation?
Section 49 WHS Act – When Consultation is Required
Are workers consulted when:
- consulting with workers?
- resolving workplace health & safety issues?
- monitoring the health of workers?
- monitoring workplace conditions?
- providing information & training for workers?
Section 47 WHS Act – Duty to Consult Workers
Does the PCBU consult so far as reasonably practicable, with workers who are, or are likely to be, directly affected by a matter relating to work health or safety?
Section 46 WHS Act – Duty to Consult with Other Duty Holders
Use Both Methods
You may find you obtain valuable insights by using and comparing the benefits method (given in the first article) with the compliance method (given in this article).
24th July 2018
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workplace if you feel it may be useful