Ever heard of WHS training? No, neither have a lot of people. This is quite surprising though considering that a lot of people take part in WHS at work every day and don’t really recognise they are doing it. Still struggling to work it out? WHS stands for work health and safety and is basically the mandatory training of ever companies’ employees to ensure that the workplace is a safe and non-hazardous place to work and be specially when going with 20 tonne crane licence . But what does WHS training do, apart from this? Are there any additional remits to work health and safety or is it just its primary job of keeping safe? Here are a few answers to the most frequently asked questions when it comes to WHS and WHS training.
Do the WHS laws apply everywhere in the country?
Yes. The work health and safety act passed in 2011 ensures that ever work place in the country is covered by the WHS bill to ensure peoples’ safety at work. The bill is that extensive that it even applies to the external territories including: Ashmore and Carties Islands, Christmas Island, Coco (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Australian Antarctic Territory, Territory of the Heard and the McDonald Islands.
What does the term ‘reasonably practicable’ mean?
The term reasonably practicable is a term that has been accepted throughout Australia for the past couple of decades when it comes to an appropriate standard of work health and safety in regards to duty holders and how they execute this standard. The term is quantified by how much employers are expected to do with regards to WHS to make sure that all their employers’ health and safety at work is not compromised. This is inclusive of the likelihood of risk occurring, the degree of harm that may occur form said risk, how much the person knew about the risk and whether subsequent white card course in Sydney was sufficient in stopping said person from being injured and the availability of ways to eliminate the risk. These are just a few of the things that WHS and WHs training look to educated people in but this is by no means an exhaustive list.
Who is responsible for WHS?
The person most responsible for the health and safety of people at work is the PCBU, or a person conducting a business or undertaking. This basically means the boss and as the boss he/she/they are the person/people primarily responsible for the work place being safe in the first place. These people, as long as yourself obviously, have a duty of care to make sure you have the safest work environment possible and this includes any worker who is at work and is not restricted by a building, vehicle or other structure. Under the new WHS act the physical boundaries of the workplace have been eradicated and as long as the worker is engaged in work activity that a PCBU has issued, they are considered to be in the workplace.