As part of the updated Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act the definition of harassment and violence, including sexual and domestic have been updated. Violence at home affects people at work. the new definitions give the employees and employers tools to deal with workplace health and safety issues. Click here to learn more about these new definitions.
Joint work site OHS committees or representatives will be mandatory under the updated OHS Act. A work site with 20 or more workers must have a committee. Sites with five to 19 workers require a representative. Workers in smaller businesses can still participate. When employers develop health and safety planes, they must do so in consultation with the committee, the representative or affected workers.
After June 1, OHS officers will work with employers to ensure the changes needed have been successfully implemented at their work sites. Officers will assess the level of risk associated with any outstanding issues and work with employers and work representatives to set reasonable timelines to improve any outstanding health and safety requirements.
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