|WorkSafe Victoria has indicated that inspectors will be visiting businesses in the Morwell region from 22 to 26 August, as part of an ongoing workplace safety campaign across Victoria called 'Safe Towns'. There will be 10 inspectors engaged focusing on the specific challenges that businesses are facing in a working environment.|
The information session held by the regulator outlined the key areas that will be identified, whilst undertaking the inspections that include Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Requirements ranging from:
Workplace Bullying will also have a particular focus as the regulator has identified that psychosocial claims are on the increase. The Technical Inspector outlined to individuals that organisations will need to consider that performance management, not conducted in a reasonable manner will be investigated and even workers who have been discriminated or victimised after leaving the workplace can make a complaint against individuals and the organisation. The regulator stressed that Senior Managers should implement a system of work and take ownership and lead the proactive culture in the business.The WorkSafe Return to Work (RTW) Manager for the region outlined in the presentation, "If your organisation has had a claim within the last 6 months, it will most likely be visited to review the preventative measures that have been implemented". The Inspectors will also be observing the organisations RTW information and how this material is made readily accessible to workers, such as posters displayed.
If you believe your organisation may need some guidance in relation to the key topics that were presented by the regulator in readiness for an inspection that may take place. HAZCON can provide advice on developing, implementing policies and procedures that may assist in meeting your legal and due diligence obligations.
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