We recognise that the Occupational Health & Safety of all employees, contractors and visitors is the responsibility of the Company and the employees, contractors and visitors. Providing a safe and secure working environment can only be achieved when we understand and accept our responsibilities and have the necessary skills to meet them.
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYERS
The Company undertakes to provide a safe and healthy workplace for workers and contractors. This includes:
- Providing adequate facilities making sure workers have adequate information, instruction, training and supervision to work in a safe and healthy environment.
- Providing workers with information in the appropriate languages about workplace health and safety arrangements.
- Identifying any tasks that involve hazardous manual handling, undertaking risk assessments and implementing solutions.
- Taking action concerning any incidents or accidents that occur in the workplace.
- Providing and maintaining safe plant.
- Implementing the safe use, handling, storage and transport of chemicals.
- Adequately monitoring workers’ health.
- Ensuring that other people (customers, visitors and the general public) are not endangered by the conduct of our business.
- Facilitating the rehabilitation of injured employees back into the workplace.
- Complying with the relevant OH&S laws, regulations and compliance codes.
- Being committed to continual improvement.
THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS
It is important for workers and contractors to provide their input in identifying hazards, assessing risks and developing ways to control and remove risks. Main points for communication are as follows:
- To be aware of their individual duty of care for their own health and safety, and for the health and safety of others affected by their actions in the workplace.
- Following safety policies - practices and procedures and attending OH&S Training as instructed by VCS Floor Care.
- Reporting all hazards and incidents that occur, including near misses.
- Following the Compliance Codes on how to comply with their duties or obligations under the OH&S law.
- To be in direct consultation with management in the regular monitoring and reviewing of health and safety matters and their effectiveness.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 is the cornerstone of legislation and administrative measures to improve occupational health and safety in Victoria.
- The Act sets out the key principles, duties and rights in relation to occupational health and safety.
- The general nature of the duties imposed by the Act means that they cover a very wide variety of circumstances, do not readily date and provide considerable flexibility for a duty holder to determine what needs to be done to comply.
- All employees and contractors have responsibility for the implementation and operation of this Policy and should use VCS Floor Care procedures developed to cover all areas of the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations and Compliance Codes.
- Other relevant laws and regulations to ensure that safety is maintained in the workplace include:
- Dangerous Goods Act 1985
- Dangerous Goods (Transport by Road or Rail ) Regulations 2008
- Equipment (Public Safety) Act 1994
- Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2007