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Let’s consult about workplace health and safety, or else

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WorkSafe Victoria is campaigning to increase awareness of the value of consultation, which became a requirement of the Occupational Health and Safety Act on January 1.

WorkSafe executive director John Merritt says consultation is an essential tool in understanding workplace hazards and is already widely practiced through regular team meetings, health and safety reps and OHS committees.

“The next step is to make consultation part of every workplace’s culture from the boardroom to management, the general workforce and within each work group,” Merritt says.

Merritt says consultation will improve already encouraging signs that workplace safety is taken more seriously in Victoria.

WorkSafe has produced a guide on consultation.

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