Work health and safety reporting and audit practices vary across organisations and jurisdictions as there are no mandatory uniform work health and safety standards in Australia. The main work health and safety audit guidance in use within Australia are the AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001 standards and self-insurer audit tools. Under the model WHS Act a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has a primary duty of care to ensure the safety of workers engaged in work so far as “reasonably practicable”.
This also includes coverage of Heavy Vehicle National Laws – Risk issues and Compliance issues.
The legislation specifically requires the provision of the following “so far as reasonably practicable”:
- safe working environment
- safe plant and structures
- safe systems of work
- safe use, handling and storage of plant, structures and substances
- adequate facilities for the welfare of workers at work
- information, training, instruction and supervision necessary to protect health and
- monitoring of workers and workplace conditions to prevent injury and illness
‘Due diligence’ is defined to include taking “reasonable steps” toward the following:
- acquire and maintain current knowledge of work health and safety matters
- understand the nature of the organisation’s operations and general hazards and associated risks
- ensure appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise work health and safety risks
- ensure appropriate processes for the management of information on work health and safety incidents, hazards and risks and the timely response to such information
- ensure appropriate processes for compliance with duties and obligations under the model WHS Act, including incident reporting, worker consultations and worker training, and
- verification of the provision and use of resources and processes mentioned above.