The OHS Act that relates to all work places is the OHS Act 2004. It describes the general requirements necessary to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, and is designed to reduce the number of injuries in the workplace by imposing responsibilities on individuals and corporations.
Charterhouse takes its responsibility for OH&S very seriously and as part of its commitment to providing a safe workplace for its employees and contractors has a number of procedures, polices, checklists and response mechanisms in place.
Before placing a contractor in a client's company, the relevant consultant will visit the client's premises, assess all safety issues and ensure that the workplace is a safe one with all the relevant OH&S policies and risk assessment procedures in place.
Scope of Activities
A check on the scope of activities for any role undertaken by Charterhouse's contractors is always part of the briefing process between the client and consultant. Assessment of any OH&S risk is undertaken at this point and the role is not undertaken if any risk is identified.
Variations & Notification
Should the scope of activity untaken by any Charterhouse contractor be likely to vary during the employment period, the client must inform Charterhouse of this immediately and prior to this variation. An assessment must then be undertaken in order to assess any additional OH&S issues.
Charterhouse works closely with its clients to follow a similar strategy in respect to risk assessment as prescribed by WorkCover NSW / WorkSafe Victoria / WorkCover WA. Risk management is a process of well defined steps that, when taken in sequence, allow informed decisions to be made about how best to avoid or control the impact of risks.
The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation 2004 imposes obligations on all employers to implement risk management processes in all workplaces. Clients of Charterhouse must take reasonable care to identify any foreseeable hazard that has the potential to harm the health and safety of workers, contractors or anyone else in the workplace.