Checklist

If your organisation is covered by the work health and safety (WHS) laws, this checklist may be used as a guide to assist in complying with work health and safety duties. It is not a comprehensive list and there may be other actions needed to comply.

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​Duties of organisations (Chapter 2 and Chapter 3)

If you answer ‘No’ to questions 1-7 or are unsure, you need to take corrective action to meet your work health and safety duties.

1​ Does your organisation have and keep up to date safe work policies, instructions and procedures?
2​ Does your organisation tailor and distribute its safe work policies, instructions and procedures?​
3​ Does your organisation make sure all its volunteers are provided with training, information, instruction and supervision so that they can do their work safely?​
4​ Does your organisation provide the same protections to its volunteers as its paid workers?​
5​ Does your organisation consult its volunteers about work health and safety matters that affect them?
6​ Does your organisation provide its volunteers a way to raise work health and safety matters and make suggestions for work health and safety practices?​
7​ Does your organisation tell its volunteers about what to do and who to tell if something goes wrong while they are volunteering?​

Officer Duties (Chapter 5)

If you answer ‘No’ to any relevant questions at 8-15, you need to take corrective action to ensure your organisation meets its work health and safety duties. ​

​8 Has your organisation identified who are its officers, paid or volunteer?​
9​ Do all officers in your organisation know what their duties are under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act?
10​ Do the members of your organisation’s board talk about work health and safety matters, policies, procedures and safe work practices at its meetings?

Volunteers working from their own or other people’s homes (Chapter 6) ​

11​ Does your organisation provide its volunteers who work from their home instructions, information and procedures relating to working from home?
12​ Does your organisation provide its volunteers who volunteer in other people’s homes information about the hazards they may encounter when visiting another person’s home?

​Emergency Service Volunteer Organisations (Chapter 7)

13​ Does your emergency service organisation consult, cooperate and coordinate with other emergency service organisations that attend the same incident at the same time as your organisation?
14​ Does your emergency service organisation have safe practices, policies and procedures it activates when responding to an incident?
15​ Does your emergency service organisation know who its ‘officers’ under WHS laws are?

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