Under the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 employers must ensure a safe working environment for all or face high penalties for OHS offences.
To avoid the costly consequences of non-compliance, you need to be aware of your employer OHS responsibilities, as well as your own personal responsibilities and those of your staff. Knowledge surrounding the responsibilities of other key parties such as employees, occupiers, self-employed persons, labour hire agencies, manufacturers and suppliers is expected.
This will give you with an understanding regarding the key elements and principles of the OHS Act and give you an understanding of the extent to which both your organisation and you personally are compliant with the duties set out by the Act.
During this program you will increase your knowledge of:
- The modern approach to OHS
- The objectives and principles underpinning the OHS Act
- The responsibilities of key duty holders
- The purpose of OHS regulations and compliance codes
- The requirements for OHS consultation and issue resolution
- The types of incidents that must be reported to WorkSafe Victoria
- Using the Hierarchy of Controls to recognise the expected standard of risk control
- The role of the WorkSafe inspectorate
- Offences and penalties
This program is suited to:
- chief executives
- senior managers
- business proprietors
- human resources managers
- staff with OHS roles
- line managers and supervisors
This program is part of the OHS leadership development pathway designed to give leaders with an in-depth understanding of the roles, functions and legal responsibilities regarding HSE or OHS in the workplace. The pathway also includes Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) master class for managers and supervisors. For those who manage contractors, Contractor safety management may also be applicable.
If you are new to an OHS leadership role, we recommend you build on your experience over 12-18 months by attending each course in the order presented. If you are an experienced HSE or OHS manager, you can enter the pathway at any stage by choosing the program that best reflects your learning needs. This course also offers a great pathway into the Certificate IV in work health and safety.