Occupational safety and health

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The department is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment and maintaining the safety and health of all employees, contractors and visitors as far as reasonably practicable.

To support and demonstrate this, the department’s safety management system meets or exceeds the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1984 (OSH Act).

The goal of the department’s safety management system is to continuously improve safety and health and to prevent workplace injury and illness.

The four key objectives of the safety management system are to:

  1. maintain and continuously improve the safety management system through effective and regular planning;
  2. improve consultative and reporting mechanisms with regards to safety and health;
  3. reduce the frequency and severity of safety and health risks through effective hazard management; and
  4. train, supervise, support and motivate staff in occupational safety and health.

As the regulator for Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in Western Australia, the department is committed to setting an example as a safety leader within the field of occupational safety and health.

Policy principles

To meets its commitment, the department will:

  • Create and maintain a positive safety culture that encourages and supports all employees and contractors to apply relevant procedures and processes to protect themselves and others from harm.
  • Operate in accordance with OSH legislation and guidance material, such as codes of practice and standards.
  • Develop targets and measures that demonstrate performance above and beyond minimum OSH legislative requirements.
  • Achieve continuous improvement of the safety management system through monitoring, audit and review of measurable targets, objectives and initiatives.
  • Encourage open, honest and effective consultation and communication between managers, employees and Safety and Health Representatives (SHRs), with the view to achieving a common understanding and resolution of all OSH issues.
  • Provide and promote the necessary resources, support and training to employees and contractors to enable them to carry out their functions safely and to achieve safety outcomes.
  • Build an enduring reporting culture where risks, hazards and incidents are consistently reported, so that:
    • risks to health, safety and wellness are identified and assessed;
    • hazards are eliminated or the risk to safety is reduced to as low as reasonably practicable;
    • investigations identify root causes and appropriate action is taken to prevent recurrences;
    • a no blame approach is adopted during investigations; and
    • those who provide services to the department must adhere to the departments safety procedures.
  • Provide high level support to the OSH Committee and elected SHRs, such that:
    • support and time is given to undertake safety and health related tasks; and
    • action is taken to resolve reported safety and health issues in a timely and practicable manner.
  • Promote innovation and learning in developing the most effective and efficient ways to meet our safety, health and wellness responsibilities.

Occupational Safety and Health Statement

Providing a safe and healthy work environment.

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