Officers have a work health and safety duty under work health and safety laws. This video features workers from a range of industries talking about how they meet their officer duty.
Transcript: Meeting your officer duty
Will Tompson: The WHS program isn't something you set up overnight. We put in a hell of a lot of resources in our teams. We've got staff members from each area of the business involved. We have regular meetings. Now, the infrastructure behind that is not insignificant. It requires some time. It requires some effort.
Lucy Jones: It's not easy and you do have to train people and it does take time. It takes a lot of repetition, but you do get there.
Annabelle McLean: I think, basically, keeping the communication open is the key and then having a system in place to facilitate that communication so it's received as fast as possible and can be actioned on as fast as possible.
Matt Cook: We have a group of generally more of our senior staff that sort of get together at times just to go over issues that may have arisen.
Dr. Nicholas Bernard: Observation's critical in maintaining safety. Things tend to change over time and things can become relaxed over time and it's important that there's someone who has a degree of control, walks in and just takes an observational role.
Matt Cook: So, we've got a number of policies and procedures that not only we have to follow, but that all our contractors, suppliers, when they come to site, or anyone visiting site or even anywhere around, they still have to adhere to those same rules and guidelines. We do regularly check in with our regular contractors that they've got up-to-date policies and procedures just to ensure that everyone's on the same page and moving in the same direction.
Daniel Salamati: So also, it's officer’s duty to provide resources to their staff which could be appropriate tools.
Will Tompson: We're always investing in new equipment. We have engineers or we have trainers in from the manufacturers who supply this equipment and all of our staff are trained step-by-step and it reduces the chances of any risk of injury to our staff. We've had information and training sessions with both government associations and our industry body to bring us up to speed with requirements for safety, how to put together a team, how to prepare and keep proper to documents to maintain the system.
Sean Miller: Subscribe to lots of newsletters. Industry newsletters. They're usually a really good source of information.
Lucy Jones: Being busy, I don't get time to sort of look at all the latest literature on health and safety coming through, so it's great to have that private, specialist company who can always keep us up-to-date. They've got their finger on the pulse and they can let me know what's new and what needs doing and so we're then up-to-date in turn.
Dr. Nicholas Bernard: It makes me feel more secure as the owner of the business knowing that I'm doing the best to keep my staff safe.
Matt Cook: WHS always seemed something that was just too much hard work. Having done it is probably one of the best thing we've done for the organisation. Rather than being a pain, it's now part of what we do.
Lucy Jones: We have nothing without our staff, so it's so important that we look after them and the environment they work in is as safe as it possibly can be.