OHS NSW states that all employers have a duty to consult with their employees. The three forms of OHS consultation are:
- Establishment of an OHS committee
- Election of OHS representative or representatives
- Establishment of other agreed consultation arrangements
If one or more workers requests for an OHS representative when there isn't already one, or if WorkCover so directs, there must be one appointed.
If an employer has 20 or more employees and the majority requests for an OHS committee, one must be established.
It is important for employers to leave themselves open to suggestions from employees on how to improve the workplace as employees may identify a risk or hazard that the employer may have overlooked. In listening to employment ideas and suggestions, one might be able to implement them and so avoid added legal expense or increase worker productivity.
Consultation over safety issues is required under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000. Having an OHS Consulting service can greatly minimise risk and identify problems or hazards before they start to take serious negative effect on you operation.
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