Occupational Health and Safety
The safety and health of members is foremost with your Association and we constantly strive to achieve a high standard, in particular with regard to police properties.
Your Association OH&S Organiser is Paul Hannen, who is available to assist members.
Every employer has a duty to consult with employees about health, safety and welfare matters that affect them at work; the focus is on proactive risk assessment and management.
Work, Health &Safety Consultation
Members may be aware that there is new Work Health & Safety (WH&S) Act covering workplaces in NSW. Some commands across the state have commenced the process of deciding on consultative arrangements under the new legislation.
The Act provides for the creation of Health and Safety Representatives (HSR’s) within workgroups. The Act also mandates that if one member requests the establishment of HSR’s at the workplace, then this must be implemented via an election. If the majority of workers in a work group so determine, the election can be conducted with the assistance of a Union or other person or organisation.
The preferred position of your Association is for the election of Health and Safety Reps (HSR’s) in all Commands, Sections, & locations across the state, to assist in the resolution of WH&S issues. Your Association is available to assist in the election process if requested.
The HSR has powers and functions in certain circumstances including;
- Representing workers in their work group on work health & safety matters
- Monitoring measures taken by the employer to comply with the Work, Health & Safety legislation relevant to their work group members
- Investigating complaints from their work group about work health & safety
- Inquiring into anything that appears to be a risk to the health & safety of their work group arising from the conduct of the business or undertaking
- Inspecting workplaces where their work group works at any time after giving reasonable notice to - management or without notice in the event of an incident or any situation involving a serious risk to the health or safety of a person from an immediate or imminent exposure to a hazard
- Accompanying WorkCover NSW inspectors during inspections of any part of the workplace where their work group works.
- Attend health & safety related interviews between work group members and an inspector or the NSW Police Force
- Request the establishment of a Health & Safety Committee
- Receive information concerning the health & safety of workers in their work group
- In some circumstances, direct a work group member to cease unsafe work
- After consultation has failed, issue a Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN)