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5*22 Health and Safety Fundamentals

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1. Health and Safety Responsibility is having all management personnel accountable for preventing unsafe work practices and injuries. It is knowing and acting on workplace H&S obligations by: applying the OHS Act and Regulations, having a H&S plan, having a company H&S policy, enforcing general H&S rules and safe work procedures / practices, and informing the workforce about their areas of responsibility. It is realizing all employees must take responsibility for their workplace H&S.


2. Management Commitment means being visibly and personally involved in workplace H&S, supporting workers' concerns, keeping all employees informed about H&S issues, promoting H&S initiatives, and demonstrating a concern for the overall well-being of employees. It means establishing H&S improvement objectives and measuring the H&S performance of all management personnel.



3. Employee Involvement requires an individual commitment to H&S by: being knowledgeable about workplace H&S hazards and risks, following safe work practices, participating in H&S initiatives, and supporting H&S professionals and / or the joint health and safety committee. Involvement also includes being active in improving workplace H&S and staying attentive when performing job tasks to prevent unnecessary H&S risks / injuries.


4. Hazard and Risk Management includes identifying and assessing hazards and risks through regular workplace safety audits and inspections, reporting and investigating incidents and accidents, and taking corrective actions. Hazards and risks are managed through: having a H&S plan, applying preventative maintenance strategies, monitoring the workplace environment, and attending to occupational health, occupational hygiene, and ergonomic issues.


5. Health and Safety Education means meeting the H&S educational needs of the workforce. This begins with an educational plan which includes: assessing all training needs, identifying the sources for training, and accessing educational materials and training sites. H&S education also includes scheduling and implementing educational opportunities, establishing follow-up strategies, and allowing H&S learning to take place through the active doing and practising of newly acquired skills.



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