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Part 4 – Due Diligence: Under the WHS Act

Part 4 – Due Diligence: Under the WHS Act

PART 4: DUE DILIGENCE

The Role of an Officer, Under the WHS Act

This blog is part 4 of 6 informative 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 4th of the 6 due diligence requirements includes

WHS Act s27(5) … reasonable steps:

(d) to ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has appropriate processes for receiving and considering information regarding incidents, hazards and risks and responding in a timely way to that information

WHSQ website suggests to:

  • employ a risk management process
  • have efficient, timely reporting systems
  • empower workers to cease unsafe work and request better resources
  • establish processes for considering/ responding to information about incidents, hazards and risks in a timely fashion
  • measure against positive performance indicators to identify deficiencies (e.g. a percentage of issues actioned within agreed timeframe).

ASLS can assist to establish and train personnel in the risk management process then set KPIs to drive performance improvements.

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

https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/83124/trained-safety-advisor.pdf

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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