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

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

HSR WHS Initial Online (NSW)

Health and Safety Representative Initial WHS Training Course (5 Days)

Participant profile: Suitable for individuals or groups. Each participant must have their own computer or laptop.

Duration: 5 days, 7 hours participation time per day, 1 hour total break time.

Course Outline

This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge an HSR needs to represent their workgroup. It provides HSRs with information on their role, and entitlements and protections, and information on WHS legislation needed to promote a safe work culture in their workplace.

Under the WHS Act (2011), HSRs are entitled to attend an initial training course.

The Act requires employers to cover the cost of the course and allow HSRs paid time off to attend.

Our Difference

SysTec are leaders in WHS and OHS compliance, working in the industry for over 25 years. Our courses provide relevant information, ongoing support, and efficient delivery.

Our professional trainers have experience in and out of the classroom providing the best experience for our students and empowering them to create safer workplaces.

Now you can learn from the comfort of your home or workplace with the support of our trainers. Our high-tech video conferencing system allows you to join live, interactive, instructor lead presentations, ask questions in real time, complete activities, and collaborate with your classmates in digital breakout rooms.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understanding key WHS terminology
  • Interpreting the WHS legislative framework and its relationship to the HSR
  • Participating in consultation and issue resolution
  • Establishing representation in the workplace
  • Issuing Provisional Improvement Notice (PIN) and directing cessation of work
  • Understanding the role of SafeWork and its relationship to the HSR
  • Identifying key parties and their legislative obligations and duties

Who Should Attend:

Health & Safety Representatives and Deputy Health and Safety Representatives.

Although HSRs are the primary audience, managers, supervisors, health and safety committee members, and anyone else with an interest in health and safety may also benefit from attending this course.
If WHS training has not been undertaken in over 2 years, this course may be a good opportunity to update your WHS skills. (note: HSRs have only one entitlement for initial training however the absence of an entitlement does not prevent an employer who recognises the benefits of HSRs receiving training from allowing them to attend additional courses).

After completing the HSR Initial course, HSRs and deputy HSRs can do a one-day refresher once every year.

HSR WHS Training (NSW)

Health and Safety Representative Initial OHS Training Course (5 Days)

The course is designed  to enable HSRs to develop skills to represent the members of their Designated Work Group (DWG) and exercise their powers to make their workplace safer under the WHS Act.  

The WHS Act 2011 provides the entitlement for a HSR to attend an initial course.

Employers under the WHS Act must allow a representative to attend an approved course on paid time, pay the cost of the course and must pay any other associated costs.

The role of the Health and Safety Representative (HSR) is primarily to liaise with other staff to identify health and safety issues and convey these to management. HSRs are elected by fellow staff to represent the views of the staff group.

Our Difference

Systec are leaders in OHS compliance working in the industry for over 25 years. Our courses provide relevant information, ongoing support, and efficient delivery.

Our professional trainers have experience in and out of the classroom providing the best experience for our students and empowering them to create safer workplaces.

Course Duration

  • Option 1: Five days (back-to-back)
  • Option 2: One day per week over five weeks

Course Outline

The key areas covered by this course include:

  • Overview of the WHS legislative framework
  • Duties of parties and others under the WHS Act
  • SafeWork NSW’s Roles in
  • Penalties for non‐compliance of the WHS Act
  • Consultation and communication
  • The role, entitlements and protections
  • Resolving workplace health and safety issues
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution
  • Hazard identification
  • Control measures
  • Incident notification
  • Issuing provisional improvement notices
  • investigation of incidents and injuries
  • Stop Work Directions