Please find below new (1 July 2019) legislative requirements regarding Whistleblower Policy and WHS Update.
Company Whistle Blower Legislative Changes
Is your organisation up to date with the reforms to the Whistleblower Protection scheme?
Between now and 1 January 2020, if you are a public company, large proprietary company or corporate trustee of a registrable superannuation entity, you are required to have a Whistle Blower policy.
There are penalties for failing to comply with the requirement to have a Whistleblower policy, and furthermore for organisations who breach confidentiality of a Whistleblowers identity, or for victimising or threatening a Whistleblower.
The new reforms provide an opportune time to promote good culture in your organisation, where employees feel they can speak up, it is also a good time to ensure those listed in your policy know, and fully understand their obligations. It also aims to encourage ethical whistleblowing and discourage white collar crime.
Developing a compliant policy or updating your current policy requires careful thought, about who is appropriate personal to receive the complaint, investigate the complaint, and who should make decisions on protected disclosures. The policy should contain clear processes to report, assess, investigate and provide resolution.
Regardless of the size of your company, if you are a business that is potential risk to a disclosable matter. RCG strongly recommends you implement a Whistle Blowing policy
A disclosable matter is any information concerning misconduct or an improper state of affairs in relation to the entity or one of its related bodies corporate.
WHS Cultural Survey
One of our 2019 focuses is Safety Culture Surveys. Read Consulting has developed a Safety Culture Survey designed to measure the safety climate within your business.
Safety Culture refers to how safety is valued in your business, cultural perceptions and behaviour are formed over time as people use safety systems, listen and observe others and particularly what they do when it comes to safety. A Safety Culture survey can assist in identifying:
Areas to Focus – What aspects of safety potentially require improvements
Safety Identification & Response – risk identification and how well these risks are addressed
Continuous Improvement - the importance of safety leadership and commitment to best practice
Leadership – business practices and leadership behaviours towards safety
Employee Engagement – Employees treat safety as part of doing business at all times
Employee Safety & Wellbeing – how safe employees feel in their roles on daily basis
The Read Consulting Safety Culture Survey will be undertaken confidentially with your staff via an online survey tool, the survey responses will be anonymous, feedback will be received, collated and interpreted by Read Consulting Group and anonymised data presented to your management team.
From the results a report will be produced, and an analysis of results presented to you with recommendations.
The survey questions can be tailored to your organisation and amended as you wish.
Nerida or I are happy to discuss further if you wish to find out more information.
Young worker injured by exploding tyre rim
In May 2019, a young worker suffered serious facial injuries when the split rim that he and another worker were performing maintenance on, exploded.
For reasons yet to be established, it appears the tyre exploded while the workers were removing a tyre from a split rim on an earthmover. Investigations are continuing.
Preventing a similar incident
Split rims are multi-piece or divided rims and wheels held together by bolts or a lock ring. They are most commonly used on heavy vehicles, off-road vehicles and rubber-tyre plant, such as earthmoving machinery, trucks, forklifts and rural use vehicles.
Under no circumstances should any work be carried out on a wheel while it has a pressurised tyre mounted on it, particularly any welding or wheel repair work.
When repairing, maintaining or changing tyres on earthmoving machinery or other heavy vehicles, you must ensure that:
tyres are deflated prior to being removed from the machinery or vehicle
workers are trained and competent to perform the work task
the wheel is inspected for damage and corrosion prior to the refitting of tyres
tyres, whether new or used, are inspected for defects
tyres are removed from the wheel to prevent damage during the repair process
tyre and rim assemblies are adequately secured in a safety cage or other portable restraint device prior to inflating the tyre
potential trajectory paths from a failure and exclusion zones have been identified
workers stand outside of any exclusion zones
tyres are only inflated to the recommended pressure
the air hose between the clip-on valve nozzle and the remote gauge and trigger is long enough for workers to stay outside of the exclusion zone
a remote dump valve is also fitted that is capable of rapidly deflating the tyre in an emergency.
Young workers are over-represented in injury statistics
Employers should be aware that young workers are over-represented in injury statistics in all industries compared to older and more experienced workers. Young workers have a unique risk profile which means:
they may not perceive when something becomes unsafe
you cannot rely on them to ask questions or speak up with concerns
it is important employers and supervisors understand the factors that can impact on their safety
you must provide them with adequate information, training, instruction and supervision.
Young workers also have responsibilities, including to:
follow all reasonable instructions
follow workplace policies and procedures
not put themselves or your workmates at risk
wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as required
report unsafe situations, injuries or near-misses to your immediate supervisor
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