Minimise Fines Fear and Red Tape in 2018

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Recent prosecutions and on the spot fines under the National Work Health Safety (WHS) laws, including one in SA for failing to consult, highlight the need for all business to have an adequate system in place and know their level of responsibility in training managers, supervisors and employees. These laws are in place to share accountability, provide adequate instruction and supervision to employees.

MTA recommendations:

There are three simple but necessary steps to achieve compliance. Members should first ask the MTA to do a Workplace audit to identify what areas require improvement or rectification.

Click here to organise an audit through the MTA’s Workplace Relations team.

Members need to ensure that their business meets the minimum standards set by Safe work SA. As a result, the MTA has designed a “Seven Steps to Safety” system. Click here to obtain a copy of this widely popular system which contains appropriate policies and procedures suitable to different sectors of the automotive industry.

If your managers and staff have not had adequate training in WHS and their legal responsibilities, click here to register for training.

Caution Safe Work SA

Currently, Safe Work SA is subject to an Independent Commissioner against Corruption (ICAC) Inquiry aimed at an evaluation of the agency’s practices, policies and procedures in relation to their role as a regulatory authority. With this pressure on the organisation, there is a risk enforcement will become a greater focus.

MTA members who are unsure of their roles, associated risks or responsibilities in relation to staff, contractors or managers and what is required of them, should contact the MTA’s Workplace Relations team by clicking here.

In the case of MTA apprentices, contact the MTA’s Training and Employment Centre by clicking here.