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Part 2 – Due Diligence: Under the WHS Act

Part 2 – Due Diligence: Under the WHS Act

PART 2: DUE DILIGENCE

The Role of an Officer, Under the WHS Act

This is part 2 of 6 informative blog articles about the role of an Officer under the WHS Act. The Act prescribes the requirement under s27(1) to exercise due diligence and further expands what this includes in s27(5)(a-f).

The 2nd of the 6 due diligence requirements includes

WHS Act s27(5) … reasonable steps:

(b) to gain an understanding of the nature of the operations of the business or undertaking of the person conducting the business or undertaking and generally of the hazards and risks associated with those operations

WHSQ website suggests to:

  • develop a plan of the operation that identifies hazards in core activities
  • ensure that information is readily available to other officers and workers about procedures to ensure the safety of specific operations that pose health and safety risks in the workplace
  • continuously improving the safety management system.

ASLS can assist with the development and review of Safety Management Plans and Systems. We specialise in consulting with your workforce to build a safety system that is relevant and applicable to the organisation.

For more information:

http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA/model-whs-laws/FAQs/Documents/FAQ_Officers.pdf

https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/laws-and-compliance/electrical-safety-laws/due-diligence

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Michelle Monaghan
Michelle is Training and Consultancy Coordinator at ASLS where she manages the activities of a team of safety professionals, such as auditing, safety development, safety development, training needs analysis and review of work method statements. She is also involved in the management of all training activities such as development and review of course material, and monitoring, moderation and validation of assessors and assessment activities. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, Diploma of Work Health and Safety and a Post-Graduate Diploma in OHS.

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