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Part 3 – Due Diligence: Under the WHS Act

Part 3 – Due Diligence: Under the WHS Act


The Role of an Officer, Under the WHS Act

This is part 3 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 3rd of the 6 due diligence requirements includes

WHS Act s27(5) … reasonable steps:

(c) to ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has available for use, and uses, appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking

WHSQ website suggests to:

  • establish and maintain safe methods of work
  • implement a safety management system
  • recruit personnel with appropriate skills, including safety personnel
  • ensure staffing levels are adequate for safety in operations
  • give safety personnel access to decision makers for urgent issues
  • maintain and upgrade infrastructure.

ASLS can assist with the development of work procedures and a safety management system. We can also provide safety advisors or assist you to recruit/train appropriate personal.

For more information:

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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