The Work, Health and Safety Act 2012 states that when employees who are likely to be affected by the following items, an employer must, so far as is reasonably practical, must discuss them with the employees:
- Identifying or assessing hazards or risks
- Making decisions about the measures to be taken to control risks
- Making decisions about the adequacy of facilities for the welfare of employees
- When proposing changes
- Making decisions about the procedures for consulting, resolving issues or monitoring health, safety or conditions
- Any other activity prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this section.
A safe workplace is more easily achieved when everyone involved in the work communicates with each other to identify hazards and risks, talks about any health and safety concerns and works together to find solutions. Some examples of WHS communication include toolbox meetings, WHS Committees and Work, Health and Safety Representatives Forums.
For any assistance or training on effective WHS communication, contact the MTA’s Workplace Relations team by clicking here.