New Mental Health Legislation Victoria

Mental Health Regulations coming soon.....

On the 17th February, Worksafe Victoria released a statement regarding the new psychological regulations as an addition to the current classes of hazards outlined in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017, which will provide clearer guidance to employers on their obligations to ensure workers are not suffering from mental health injury in the workplace.

The new regulations will:

  • Highlight importance of psychological health and safety in workplaces.
  • Outline employer obligations in regards  psychosocial hazards.
  • Require employers to create a written prevention plan to address pyschosocial issues and hazards.
  • Require certain employers to periodically report data on bullying, sexual harassment and aggression and violence.

An outcome of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System found that the need to improve awareness and education around psychological health and safety. 

The regulations are expected to be introduced into legislation later on in the year.

If you are in need of addressing Pychosocial issues in your workplace, Please make an enquiry.

For more information go to Worksafes website

 

Managing Safety in Small Business

Managing safety in small business is often overlooked as small business’s are unaware of the impacts that non-compliance can have.

Safety Management systems are not just for large companies, they are for all sizes and industry sectors.

OHS management systems are a sure way to help your organization manage health and safety risks and reap the benefits by expanding your business into the next stage of growth.

Some of the benefits you will experience include:

  • Improved success rate when tendering for projects with highly regulated industries and Government agencies
  • Lower risk exposure
  • Reducing costs from accidents and incidents
  • Improved Safety conditions for your employees and the public
  • Improved public relations and image
  • Easier financial access
  • Lower staff compensation claims that increase your insurance premiums
  • Brand confidence
  • Increased value of business re-sale
  • Decrease in return to work management activities
  • Reduce costs of hiring staff to fill your injured workers positions
  • Increased moral of staff
  • Increased productivity
  • and more

Introducing a health and safety management system is a proactive step to developing your business and stepping into new territories of business expansion while keeping your employees happy and safe.

For more information on OHS Management Systems click the link below.

Business Management Systems

The Fines Are Coming! – Free OHS Consultation Service

WORKSAFE VICTORIA’S NEW INFRINGEMENT NOTICE SCHEME 

The infringement notice scheme will act as an additional deterrent and help keep Victorian employees safe.

The obligations of employers and other duty holders under OHS laws don’t change. Employers still have a duty to provide and maintain a working environment that’s safe and without risks to health so far as is reasonably practicable.

From 31 July 2021, WorkSafe inspectors can issue infringement notices with penalties of up to 10 penalty units, or $1817.40, attached.

For more information on the infringement notice scheme visit the Worksafe Victoria Website 

If you are concerned about your business being open to infringements

SysTec in conjunction with the Worksafe Victoria OHS Essentials Program offers businesses with 60 employees or less, sole traders with contractors a free independent service to help you keep your employees safe at work

The OHS Essentials Program is

  • CONFIDENTAIL – Systec OHS Consultants are not employed by WorkSafe, all recommendations are kept confidential
  • INDEPENDENT – Practical. tailored Safety advice from Systec Consultants

For more information on the WorkSafe OHS Essentials program please get in contact with us or send us an enquiry

Phone: (03) 9484 0086

Email: Admin@systec-pl.com.au

 

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Worksafe OHS Essentials Program

WORKSAFE OHS ESSENTIALS PROGRAM FREE CHEALTH AND SAFETY COMPLIANCE CHECK

SysTec in conjunction with the Worksafe Victoria OHS Essentials Program offers businesses with 60 employees or less, sole traders with contractors a free independent service to help you keep your employees safe at work.

How it works

Step 1 – FREE Initial Visit (up to 3.5 hours)

The three hours of free Worksafe funded OHS consultancy

An experienced OHS consultant will come to your business and conducts a free compliance check at a time that suits you and your business practices.

Working closely with you the consultant will prepare a detailed plan to help you stay on top of current compliance requirements.

The advice the consultant provides is designed to be practical, achievable and efficient.

Our trained safety employees can offer you a safety action plan to:

  • Prioritise safety in your workplace. and provide advice on implementing strategies to resolve your safety issues.
  • Check your safety management plan

Step 2 – FREE check-up (up to 2 hours)

  • The consultant will review the progress of your action plan

SysTec will attend within 6 months to offer you advice on roadblocks or issues you may have encountered

Step 3 – FREE Follow up and review (up to 3 hours)

  • The  consultant will review your progress and advise how to sustain compliance, reduce costs and conduct continual improvement to your health and safety systems

The OHS Essentials Program is:

CONFIDENTAIL – Systec OHS Consultants are not employed by WorkSafe, all recommendations are kept confidential

INDEPENDENT – Practical. tailored Safety advice from Systec Consultants.

For more information on the WorkSafe OHS Essentials program please get in contact with us or send us an enquiry

Phone: (03) 9484 0086

Email: Admin@systec-pl.com.au

ENQUIRIE HERE

National Safe Work Month: Keeping WHS a priority

As National Safe Work Month draws to a close, it’s important to keep the discussion around work health and safety going. That’s why the the final week of National Safe Work Month is dedicated to keeping WHS a priority in the workplace.

For this week’s theme, Safe Work Australia has provided an information sheet outlining how your business can continue to demonstrate best practice work health and safety measures both during COVID-19, and into the future. 

You can find other resources on the Safe Work Australia website.

What’s On?

Today, WorkSafe Victoria is running four separate webinars.

At 9:00 am, you can watch Shop no further: Solutions, tools and practical advice for preventing mental injury in retail. This webinar covers metal health and wellbeing in retail, providing tailored tools and information to help you take action and bolster the mental health of your workplace.

At 10:15 am, WorkSafe Victoria is presenting How the Building and Construction industry is dealing with COVID-19. This webinar discusses the health and safety issues facing the construction industry during the pandemic. it includes steps the sector has taken to care for the wellbeing of the workforce, and is lead by a panel of industry experts.

At 11:30 am, you can join in on How small business owners can proactively look after their mental health, a webinar focused on getting small business owners to prioritise their own mental health, and create a mental health plan in response to COVID-19.

The importance of leadership in workplace mental health during COVID‐19 and beyond is running from 3:00 pm. It covers the key role leaders play in promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. It will cover the importance of addressing factors which affect mental health in the workplace.

On Tuesday, there are two separate webinars.  

The Victorian Trades Hall Council is hosting their 2020 HSR Conference from 9:00 am to 2:45 PM. This year’s conference is focused on psychosocial health. 

WorkSafe, Kangan Institute and Bendigo TAFE are presenting COVID-19 and beyond: Know your rights as a young worker. This webinar is designed to help young workers understand their responsibilities and rights at work, and touches on new challenges presented by COVID-19.

 

 

 

National Safe Work Month: a safe and healthy workplace is for everyone

Week four of National Health and Safety Month reminds us that a safe and healthy workplace benefits everyone, no matter what industry you’re in. To better understand work health and safety best practice, check out the best practice checklist provided by Safe Work Australia. There are also resources available to promote health and safety in your workplace.

What’s On

This week, WorkSafe Victoria is offering a wide range of free webinars. 

On Tuesday the 20th:

At 10 am, WorkSafe Victoria is presenting Surviving COVID-19: A WorkSafe perspective. This webinar will outline how WorkSafe has been supporting Victorian workplaces during the COVID-9 crisis, and how it has adapted to respond to the crisis.

At 11:15 am, you can view Lessons learnt from leaders during COVID-19. This webinar is an honest conversation about leading through change. It features chief executives from the Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration. They’ll be sharing insights into their leadership approach, and how they’re prioritising the mental health of their people. 

On Wednesday the 21st:

At 9:00 am, you can join Leading the way: Industries innovating workplace mental health prevention. This webinar tackles mental health issues and risks, and shows how organisations across industries are tackling this issue. It provides practical tips and resources for protecting the mental health of your workplace.

At 10:15am the same day WorkSafe is hosting Working from home? What employers need to consider. It covers topics including ergonomics, human factors and the guidance available to employers and workers.

On Thursday October 22nd:

At 9:00am you can join in on Looking after injured workers during covid-19. This webinar outlines how Victorian workers returning to work after experiencing a work-related injury have been impacted by COVID-19. 

10:15am, you can sit in on Managing the risk of COVID‐19: What does an inspector look for?  This panel discussion will talk about what WorkSafe inspectors look for. Topics covered range from the OHS Act, Chief Health Officer Directions, defining risk and why consultation is a key legal obligation.

At 11:30am, you can join in on the webinar How does COVID-19 impact your workcover premium? Learn how WorkSafe supports businesses with their premium payments and have your questions answered by the experts.

Finally, WorkSafe and WEstjustice are presenting the Workplace safety community information session. This information-session webinar is for migrant community leaders, covering workplace safety laws, as well as your rights and responsibilities at work. There are two sessions, at 3:30pm and 5:45pm.