Element 1 Health and Safety Policy

1.1 POLICY

1.1.1
Senior Management in consultation with workers and/or their representatives shall define and document its policy for, and commitment to work health and safety. The policy shall be endorsed and supported by the most senior person within the organisation such as the Chief Executive Officer. The policy will also be endorsed by the site manager to verify their commitment to the content of the policy. The health and safety policy shall include a commitment to:
a) The risk management process and ensure consistency with the nature of workplace activities and scale of health and safety risks;
b) Comply with relevant health and safety legislation and other requirements placed upon the organisation or to which the organisation subscribes;
c) Establish measurable objectives and targets for health and safety to ensure continuous improvement aimed at elimination of work-related illness and injury;
d) Provision of appropriate health and safety training to all workers;
e) The consultation process to ensure all workers are included in the decision making processes impacting on workplace health and safety;
f) The dissemination of health and safety information to all workers and visitors to the workplace;
g) Effective implementation of the health and safety policy.

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1.1.2
The health and safety policy is available to all parties, including regulatory authorities, suppliers, contractors, and those visiting the workplace.

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Element 2: Planning: Legal Requirements and Practical Guidance

2.1 LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AND PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

2.1.1
The facility / site's procedures, work instructions and work practices reflect the requirements of current health and safety legislation, standards, codes of practice, agreements and guidelines.

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2.1.2
Relevant personnel in the organisation / site are advised of, and have ready access to, current relevant health and safety legislation, standards, codes of practice, agreements and guidelines.

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2.1.3
The organisation and/or individual satisfies legal requirements to undertake specific activities, perform work or operate equipment including any:
a) licence;
b) certificate of competency;
c) notification;
d) registration;
e) approval, exemption and/or
f) other relevant requirements.

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2.1.4
Changes to health and safety legislation, standards, codes of practice, agreements and guidelines generate a review of existing local procedures.

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Element 2: Planning: Objectives and Targets

2.2 OBJECTIVES AND TARGETS

2.2.1
Health and safety objectives and targets consistent with the organisation’s health and safety policy are documented, are appropriate to the site's activities and consider:
a) legal requirements;
b) standards, codes and guidelines;
c) health and safety hazards and risks;
d) leadership and employee participation and
e) technological developments.

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2.2.2
Specific health and safety objectives and measurable targets have been established for all relevant functions and levels within the organisation / site.

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2.2.3
The organisation sets health and safety performance indicators that are consistent with its objectives and targets.

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Element 2: Planning: Health and Safety Management Plans

2.3 HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT PLANS

2.3.1
There is a health and safety management plan(s) that defines the means by which the organisation will achieve its objectives and targets. The plan(s):
a) responds to legal requirements;
b) is based on an analysis of information relevant to the nature of the organisation’s activities, processes, products
or services;
c) takes account of identified hazards and health and safety management systems failures;
d) aims to eliminate or reduce workplace illness and injury;
e) defines the organisation’s priorities;
f) sets timeframes;
g) allocates responsibility for achieving objectives and targets to relevant functional levels and
h) states how the plan will be monitored.

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2.3.2
The organisation /site documents its methodology to reduce health and safety risks through hazard identification, risk assessment and development of risk control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of controls and legal requirements.

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2.3.3
The organisation / site monitors its progress towards meeting the objectives and targets set in the health and safety plan and takes corrective actions to ensure progress is maintained.

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2.3.4
Health and safety plans are reviewed on a regular basis, to ensure they are kept up-to-date, and when there are changes to the organisation’s activities, processes, products or services.

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Element 3: Implementation: Structure and Responsibility - Resources

3.1 STRUCTURE AND RESPONSIBILITY - RESOURCES

3.1.1
Financial and physical resources have been identified, allocated and are periodically reviewed, to enable the effective implementation of the organisation’s health and safety management system.

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3.1.2
There are sufficient qualified and competent people to implement the organisation’s health and safety management system.

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3.1.3
Those who represent workers on health and safety matters are provided with time and resources to effectively undertake this role.

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Element 3: Implementation - Structure and Responsibility-Responsibility & Accountability

3.2 STRUCTURE AND RESPONSIBILITY - RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

3.2.1
Officers can demonstrate an understanding of the organisation’s legal obligations for health and safety.

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3.2.2
The specific health and safety responsibilities [including legislative obligations], authority to act and reporting relationships of all levels in the organisation have been defined, documented and communicated.

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3.2.3
Where contractors are utilised in the organisation, the health and safety responsibilities and accountabilities of the organisation and the contractor(s) have been clearly defined, allocated and communicated within the organisation and to the contractor(s) and their workers.

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3.2.4
Personnel are held accountable for health and safety performance in accordance with their defined responsibilities.

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Element 3: Implementation: Structure and Responsibility - Training and Competency

3.3 STRUCTURE AND RESPONSIBILITY - TRAINING AND COMPETENCY

3.3.1
The specific requirements of tasks are identified and applied to the recruitment and placement of personnel.

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3.3.2
The organisation / site has established and implemented procedures for identifying and defining the health and safety training needs (including any prescribed by legislation) for all workers or visitors, where relevant. A written training plan(s) based on the outcomes of the training needs shall be developed and implemented.

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3.3.3
The organisation / site has an induction / orientation program for all personnel including management, which is based on their likely risk exposure, and provides relevant instruction in the organisation’s health and safety policy and procedures.

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3.3.4
The organisation / site consults with workers to identify their training needs in relation to performing their work activities safely.

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3.3.5
The organisation / site trains personnel to perform their work safely and verifies their understanding of that training.

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3.3.6
Training and assessment is delivered by persons with appropriate knowledge, skills and experience.

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3.3.7
Tasks are allocated according to the capability and level of training of personnel.

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3.3.8
Management has received training in health and safety management principles and practices appropriate to their role and responsibilities within the organisation, and the relevant health and safety legislation.

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3.3.9
Those representing the PCBU and the workers on health and safety matters, including representatives on consultative committee(s), receive appropriate training to enable them to undertake their duties effectively.

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3.3.10
Refresher training (as required) is provided to all personnel to enable them to perform their tasks safely.

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3.3.11
The training program is reviewed on a regular basis, and when there are changes to plant or processes in the workplace, to ensure that the skills and competencies of personnel remain relevant.

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Element 3: Implementation: Consultation, Communication and Reporting- Consultation

3.4 CONSULTATION,COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING - CONSULTATION

3.4.1
There are documented procedures, agreed to by workers, for worker involvement and consultation on health and safety matters, including a procedure for dealing with health and safety issues, and resolving disputes if they arise.

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3.4.2
The organisation, in consultation with workers, has determined the number of representatives required to effectively represent all defined work groups.

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3.4.3
The consultative arrangements allow the workers to select those who will represent them on health and safety matters.

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3.4.4
Details of the consultative arrangements, including the names of representatives for health and safety matters, are communicated to workers.

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3.4.5
Workers or their representatives are involved in the development, implementation and review of procedures for the identification of hazards and the assessment and control of risks.

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3.4.6
Workers or their representatives are consulted regarding proposed changes to the work environment, processes or practices and purchasing decisions that could affect their health and safety.

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3.4.7
Worker representatives and management meet regularly about health and safety issues and minutes of their meetings are available to all personnel.

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Element 3: Implementation: Consultation, Communication and Reporting - Communication

3.5 CONSULTATION,COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING - COMMUNICATION

3.5.1
The organisation’s health and safety policy and other relevant information on health and safety are communicated to all workers, and consider language and standards of literacy.

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3.5.2
The organisation regularly communicates to workers the progress towards the resolution of health and safety disputes.

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3.5.3
There are procedures for exchange of relevant health and safety information with external parties, including customers, suppliers, contractors and relevant public authorities.

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3.5.4
There is a documented complaints procedure that encompasses health and safety issues for dealing with formal and informal complaints received from external parties.

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Element 3: Implementation: Consultation, Communication and Reporting- Reporting

3.6 CONSULTATION,COMMUNICATION AND REPORTING - REPORTING

3.6.1
Workplace injuries and illnesses, incidents and health and safety hazards, dangerous occurrences and systems failures, are reported and recorded in accordance with documented procedures.

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3.6.2
Where there is a legislative requirement, injuries, illnesses, incidents and dangerous occurrences are notified to the appropriate authorities.

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3.6.3
Reports on health and safety inspections, testing & monitoring, including recommendations for corrective action, are produced and forwarded to senior management and worker representative(s) as appropriate.

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3.6.4
Regular, timely reports on health and safety performance are produced and distributed within the organisation / site.

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3.6.5
Reports of audits and reviews of the health and safety management system are produced and distributed within the organisation / site.

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Element 3: Implementation: Documentation

3.7 DOCUMENTATION

3.7.1
The organisation / site’s health and safety plans, local procedures and other safety related documents are documented in a planned and organized manner.

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3.7.2
Specific instructions and safe work procedures associated with particular products, processes, projects or sites have been developed where appropriate.

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Element 3: Implementation: Document and Data Control

3.8 DOCUMENT AND DATA CONTROL

3.8.1
The organisation / site has a system for creating, modifying and approving health and safety documents and data, and notifying relevant persons of any changes. Obsolete documents and data are identified and retained (where required) for legal and/or knowledge preservation purposes and are removed from all points to prevent unintended use.

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3.8.2
Documents and data critical to health and safety shall be clearly identifiable, duly authorized prior to issue, kept legible and include their issue status.

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3.8.3
The organisation/site provides personnel with ready access to relevant health and safety documents and data and advises them of its availability.

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3.8.4
Documents and data are regularly reviewed by competent persons to ensure the adequacy and currency of the information.

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Element 3: Implementation: Health and Safety Risk Management Program

3.9 HEALTH AND SAFETY RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

3.9.1
The organisation / site has identified the hazards, including public safety hazards that are associated with its activities, processes, products or services; assessed the risks involved; and implemented suitable control measures. The risks shall be eliminated, or otherwise controlled and monitored, in accordance with hierarchy of controls and legal requirements.

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3.9.2
The hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control process is undertaken by personnel competent in the use of the organisation’s methodology.

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3.9.3
The organisation / site documents all identified hazards, risk assessments and risk control plans.

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3.9.4
Risks of identified hazards are assessed in consultation with workers having regard to the likelihood and consequence of injury, illness or incident occurring, based upon the:
a) legal requirements;
b) evaluation of available information;
c) records of incidents, illness and disease and
d) the potential for emergency situations.

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3.9.5
Identified control measures shall be implemented in accordance with the assigned risk control priorities.

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3.9.6
Risk management procedures shall be reviewed and revised where necessary to ensure relevance, currency and compliance to health and safety management system requirements.

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3.9.7
The organisation/site has a process for identifying and managing change that may impact on health and safety.

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Element 3: Implementation: Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control of risks.

3.10 HAZARD IDENTIFICATION, RISK ASSESSMENT AND CONTROL OF RISKS

3.10.1
The organisation / site determines those areas where access controls are required and ensures effective controls are implemented and maintained.

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3.10.2
Health and safety requirements are identified, evaluated and incorporated into all purchasing specifications for services.

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3.10.3
The ability to meet health and safety requirements is assessed in the selection of contractors and labour hire workers.

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3.10.4
Contractor health and safety performance is monitored and reviewed to ensure continued adherence to organisation’s health and safety requirements or specifications.

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3.10.5
The organisation / site determines their health and safety requirements prior to the purchase of goods, and communicates those specifications to the supplier.

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3.10.6
Procedures shall be established and implemented for verifying that purchased goods conform to health and safety requirements, and any non-conformances shall be addressed before the goods are put into operational use.

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3.10.7
Hazard identification, risk assessment and the development of control measures are undertaken during the design stage of products, buildings or processes, or when the design is modified.

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3.10.8
Competent personnel verify that designs and modifications meet specified health and safety requirements.

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3.10.9
There are procedures to ensure that materials and substances are disposed of in a manner that minimizes risk of personal injury and illness.

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3.10.10
Facilities and amenities in the workplace conform, as a minimum, to relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice.

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3.10.11
The organisation / site documents procedures or work instructions for the safe handling, transfer and transport of hazardous substances and dangerous goods.

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3.10.12
Comprehensive health and safety information on all hazardous substances and dangerous goods is readily accessible.

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3.10.13
The organisation ensures that hazardous substances and dangerous goods are safely stored.

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3.10.14
There are ‘Permit to Work’ procedures for high-risk tasks.

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3.10.15
Where personal protective equipment is required, it is appropriate for the task, its provision is accompanied by suitable training, and it is used correctly and maintained in a serviceable condition.

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3.10.16
Plant and equipment is maintained and a record is kept which includes relevant details of inspections, maintenance, repair and alteration of plant.

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3.10.17
There is a process for unsafe plant and equipment to be identified and quarantined or withdrawn from service.

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3.10.18
Appropriate controls are used to ensure the safety of persons working on or near plant and equipment that is in the process of being cleaned, serviced, repaired or altered.

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3.10.19
Competent personnel verify that plant and equipment is safe before being returned to service after repair or alteration.

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3.10.20
Safety signs, (including regulatory, hazard, emergency information and fire signs), meet relevant standards and codes of practice, and are displayed in accordance with legal and organisational requirements.

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3.10.21
There are procedures to ensure that materials are transported, handled and stored in a safe manner.

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3.10.22
Individuals are supervised according to their capabilities and the degree of risk of the task.

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3.10.23
There are supervisory arrangements that ensure that tasks are performed safely and work instructions and procedures are followed.

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3.10.24
There is a documented process which requires the organisation to identify potential health and safety hazards, (including public safety hazards), assess the potential risks and determine appropriate risk control strategies when providing its goods and/or services to others whether under contract or otherwise.

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3.10.25
Customer-supplied goods and services used in the organisation’s work processes are subject to hazard identification, risk assessment and control prior to use.

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3.10.26
All substances in containers and transfer systems are identified and clearly labelled to avoid inadvertent or inappropriate use.

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Element 3: Implementation: Emergency Preparedness and Response

3.11 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

3.11.1
Potential emergency situations have been identified and emergency procedures are documented and regularly reviewed.

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3.11.2
The organisation has allocated overall responsibility for control of emergency situations to specified individuals and communicated this information to all personnel.

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3.11.3
Workers receive training and practice in emergency procedures appropriate to their allocated emergency response responsibilities and the degree of risk.

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3.11.4
Competent persons have assessed the suitability, location and accessibility of emergency equipment.

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3.11.5
Emergency and fire protection equipment, exit signs and alarm systems are inspected, tested and maintained at regular intervals.

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3.11.6
A dangerous goods and/or hazardous substances manifest or inventory system is in place and in accordance with legal requirements.

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3.11.7
The organisation / site has assessed its first aid requirements, and the first aid system in place is appropriate to the organisational risks.

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3.11.8
The organisation / site has systems in place to assist workers who are exposed to critical incidents at work.

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Element 4: Measurement and Evaluation- Monitoring and Measurement General

4.1 MONITORING AND MEASUREMENT GENERAL

4.1.1
There is a documented health and safety inspection, testing & monitoring programs that:
a) meets legal requirements;
b) defines intervals based on identified risk;
c) incorporates a reporting and corrective action process;
d) uses workplace specific checklist(s);
e) monitor conformance to the organisation’s safe working procedures and
f) monitor the effectiveness of control measures.

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4.1.2
Inspections seek input and involvement from the personnel who are required to undertake the tasks being inspected.

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4.1.3
Engineering controls, including safety devices, are regularly inspected and tested to ensure their integrity.

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4.1.4
Monitoring of the workplace environment (general and personal) is conducted where appropriate and records of the results are maintained.

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4.1.5
Inspection, measuring and test equipment related to health and safety monitoring is appropriately identified, calibrated, maintained and stored.

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Element 4: Measurement and Evaluation- Monitoring and Measurement - Health Surveillance

4.2 HEALTH SURVEILLANCE

4.2.1
The organisation / site has identified those situations where employee health surveillance should occur and has implemented systems to conduct this surveillance. The health of employees exposed to specific hazards is monitored, recorded, reported and action is taken to address any adverse effects.

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Element 4: Measurement and Evaluation- Incident Investigation, Corrective and Preventative Action

4.3 INCIDENT INVESTIGATION, CORRECTIVE AND PREVENTATIVE ACTION

4.3.1
There is a procedure, which includes involvement of operational line management, for the investigation of injuries, illnesses, incidents and other systems failures impacting on health and safety.

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4.3.2
Investigations shall:
a) be undertaken by a competent person(s) in accordance with the organisation’s procedure;
b) identify the factor(s) that led to the injury, illness, incident or other system failure;
c) review the identified hazards, assessed risks and effectiveness of the control measures and
d) recommend appropriate control measures and corrective actions.

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4.3.3
Responsibility is assigned to identified personnel for implementing and reviewing the effectiveness of corrective actions arising from investigations.

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4.3.4
Corrective actions are discussed with personnel affected prior to implementation.

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Element 4: Measurement and Evaluation- Records and Record Management

4.4 RECORDS AND RECORD MANAGEMENT

4.4.1
There are effective systems for management of health and safety records including their:
a) identification and traceability;
b) collection, indexing, filing;
c) access and confidentiality;
d) retention and maintenance;
e) protection against damage, deterioration or loss;
f) retrieval and g) disposal.

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Element 4: Measurement and Evaluation- Health and Safety Management System Audits

4.5 HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AUDITS

4.5.1
Scheduled audits are conducted to verify whether the health and safety management systems:
a) comply with planned arrangements;
b) have been properly implemented and maintained and
c) are effectively implemented across the organisation.
The audit program takes into consideration the significance of health and safety risks and the results of previous audits.

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4.5.2
Deficiencies highlighted by the audits are prioritised and progress monitored to ensure corrective action is implemented.

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Element 5: Management Review

5.1 MANAGEMENT REVIEW

5.1.1
Recommendations arising from health and safety management systems reviews generate actions to improve performance.

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Element 6: Injury Management

6.1 INJURY MANAGEMENT

6.1.1
You have nominated your return to work coordinator. Your return to work coordinator is given the level of responsibility and authority necessary to fulfil the duties of their role under the legislation.

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6.1.2
You have systems in place for identifying, collecting, filing, maintaining, retaining, and ensuring the confidentiality of injury management records.

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6.1.3
You have a process in place that identifies relevant return to work staff, introduces them to treating
practitioners and enables them to liaise with these professionals.

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