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Case Study Work Health and Safety Issue

Your task:

In this assignment, you’ll produce a report on WHS management system for the IT Help Desk. You need to produce a series of documents to demonstrate competency in this unit.


These documents will need to comply with ACA Labs’s standards and procedures and your trainer will verify this. If you have any questions or if you feel unsure of anything, please contact your Trainer.


Your Task:

1. Work Health and Safety Policy – details of (or inclusion of) your organisation’s policy [20 marks]


Areas to cover:

  • Identify the key focus areas that your organisation would need to be concerned with from a WHS perspective.


  • Identify policies and procedures (e.g. posters around the class rooms or in the corridors, websites, etc) that have been created by the college or institute the college belongs to, in order to demonstrate and fulfil their commitment to comply with WHS legislation. Separate these policies into logical categories


  • What responsibilities for WHS do the employer and employees have as a part of the job.


2. WH& S Staff Plan – outlining your team/department’s workplace personnel and their responsibilities regarding WH& S in your organisation [10 marks]


Areas to cover:

  • Work with workers and their representatives to set up and maintain participation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation


  • Appropriately resolve issues raised through participation and consultation arrangements according to relevant WHS legislation


  • Promptly provide information about the outcomes of participation and consultation to workers and ensure it is easy for them to access and understand


3. Risk Assessment – for two potential workplace hazards, using your organisation’s procedure [20 marks]


Areas to cover:

  • Develop procedures for ongoing hazard identification, and assessment and control of associated risks


  • Include hazard identification at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created by the proposed changes and existing hazards are controlled.


  • Develop and maintain procedures for selecting and implementing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements


  • Identify inadequacies in existing risk controls according to the hierarchy of control and WHS legislative requirements, and promptly provide resources to enable implementation of new measures


  • Identify requirements for expert WHS advice, and request this advice as required


4. WH&S Induction and Training Policy – describe your organisation’s WH&S Induction and Training Policy. Discuss what is covered and give details on how the induction and training is/will be carried out [20 marks]


Areas to cover:

  • Develop and provide a WHS induction and training program for all workers in a work area as part of the organisation’s training program


5. WHS Record Keeping System – describe how your organisation’s WH&S record keeping system works and include any improvements or upgrades and how there were implemented [20 marks]


Areas to cover:

  • Use a system for WHS record keeping to allow identification of patterns of occupational injury and disease in the organisation, and to maintain a record of WHS decisions made, including reasons for the decision.


6. Analysis of WH&S Legislative Framework – an analysis of how your organisation’s WH&S standards meet the current legislative framework. Outline any recommendations if necessary. [10 marks]


Areas to cover:

  • Measure and evaluate the WHSMS in line with the organisation’s quality systems framework


  • Develop and implement improvements to the WHSMS to achieve organisational WHS objectives


  • Ensure compliance with the WHS legislative framework to achieve, as a minimum, WHS legal requirements

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