WHS Policy

Introduction

There has been a growing interest in and concern for health and safety in the workplace across Australia, particularly in the private sector. New legislation, the most relevant being the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011, which came into effect in Tasmania on 1st January 2013. In addition, the Australian Work and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 identified the construction industry as one of the priority groups to be addressed. Under legislation it is a requirement that Squires Plumbing develop a WHS policy listing the health and safety objectives of the business and its responsibilities to its workers. Squires Plumbing is committed to this policy and takes its obligations and responsibilities seriously. In addition, the policy will include the employees’ obligations to themselves and to Squires Plumbing.

Management:

Squires Plumbing recognises its moral and legal responsibilities under occupational health and safety WHS legislation to provide a safe and healthy work environment. This commitment means that we will:

  • provide a safe and healthy workplace and working conditions for all, including employees, contractors, customers and visitors
  • keep abreast of and comply with all relevant legislation and industry standards
  • provide training/education to enable all employees to work safely
  • provide support and assistance to employees as and when required
  • consult with staff and contractors where relevant to enhance the effectiveness of procedures/operations
  • provide adequate resources to aid employees in fulfilling their responsibilities
  • conduct investigations into all reported incidents in an appropriate and timely manner, maintain records of such incidents and rectify operational procedures if and when appropriate
  • ensure that appropriate return to work programs are in place
  • conduct regular reviews and evaluations of the health and safety systems in place
  • ensure all employees are informed of any changes/updates to health and safety procedures/operations
  • appoint relevant Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and provide them with the appropriate required training
  • provide and maintain a basic first aid kit on the premises, worksites and all company vehicles
  • ensure all plumbers and staff obtain and maintain current first aid certification

Employees:

While at work, all employees – irrespective of their position – will:

  • take reasonable care to ensure good health and safety procedures are implemented at all times
  • assume personal responsibility for their own safety and for that of other work colleagues by always operating in a safe and appropriate manner
  • comply as far as is reasonable with instructions, including reporting to management or an appointed Health and Safety Representative (HSR)
  • identify and support measures to eliminate or minimise unsafe conditions.
  • ensure that they familiarise themselves with the relevant WHS internal documentation and procedures which are in operation
  • comply with all relevant legislation and industry standards eg Work Health & Safety Codes of Practice

Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs)

Employees have a right to elect HSRs who are appointed for a 3 year term. All HSRs must be trained under the new WHS Act 2011 to enable them to exercise powers under the Act.

HSRs are not personally liable for anything done (or omitted to be done) in good faith
in exercising a power or performing a function under the Act; or
in the reasonable belief that the thing was done (or omitted to be done) in exercising a power or performing a function under the Act.

Squires plumbing must keep an up to date list of HSRs for the workplace and display this at the principal place of business and any other appropriate sites.

Employee Safety Rep.

Keith Wales