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Is your health and safety committee fulfilling its obligations under the OHS Act?

by , 29 October 2014
The OHS Act states you need a health and safety committee. You must appointment the members of this committee, which should include your health and safety representative and members of your management team.

But it's not enough to just appoint this committee, you must also ensure it fulfil its obligations. Otherwise your company might be guilty of non-compliance.

To ensure your HSE committee does its job, we're revealing five legal obligations it has under the OHS Act.

Read on to find out what they are...


These are the five obligations your HSE committee must fulfil

1. Discuss incidents that occur in your workplace; 
2. Discuss recommendations your employees and committee made to you regarding health and safety in your workplace;
3. Report any incidents that happened in your workplace, in writing, to the Department of Labour, if necessary; 
4. Perform any other functions your HSE committee all agree on (OHSA Section 20); and
5. Keep minutes of all the meetings and records of reports it made to any inspectors. 
These are the five legal obligations your committee has, but do you know what its basic obligation in your company is?
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This is your health and safety committee's basic obligation

The basic obligation of your HSE committee is to discuss your company's health and safety. They then have to set out goals and objectives when it comes to health and safety. Then the committee must discuss and agree on methods to achieve those goals.
If your health and safety committee completes it's objectives and obligations it will fulfil the role the OHS Act set out for it.
Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more on conducting health and safety committee meetings.

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