SOUTHERN Risk Management Pty Ltd is a local company that specialises in workplace health and safety and it will be providing two free seminars on the subject for local business people.
The first will be on Thursday, August 13, at SERTEC in Auckland Street, Bega, starting at 6.00pm and finishing at 7.30pm.
The second seminar will be on Thursday, August 21, at Auswide Projects in Market Street Merimbula, starting at 6.00pm and finishing at 7.30pm.
Small business employers are invited to come along and find out about changes to the OHS laws and what they can do to meet their obligations under these laws.
The OHS Act was changed in 2000 when the old act that that dated back to 1983 was replaced with a new one.
In 2001 supporting legislation came into effect and this is the OHS Regulation 2001.
WorkCover NSW gave big business a year to put in place systems to meet the legal obligations set out in the OHS Act and the Regulation while small business was given two years to comply with the changes.
The two-year period is up as of September 1, 2003.
Everyone in small business should be aware of the changes to the health and safety laws as ignorance of the law is no defence.
Once you are aware of the obligations placed on you as an employer you can start to develop the systems that are required.
It is these systems that will provide you with a defence in the event of serious injury or illness to an employee or visitor to your workplace.
The current health and safety laws are much less prescriptive than those of the past.
However, the onus is on the persons in control of workplaces to put in place systems to manage their risks.
A risk management approach is required and consultation on health and safety with employees is a legal duty required by the employer.
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