Employers have been urged to take psychological risks as seriously as other workplace hazards, after an audit found that few mining operations properly consult with workers on mental wellbeing strategies.
Some employers find it difficult to involve workers in health and safety processes or investigate safety incidents because they perceive WHS laws as too complex, a new Safe Work Australia report has found.
An OHSS lawyer has outlined the circumstances in which employers can rely on the safety expertise of contractors, and warned against getting the "wrong idea" about two major judgments quashing OHS convictions.
The organisation that recently became the first entity to be fined under the consultation provisions of the model WHS Act failed to check whether a host employer was qualified to provide an apprentice with on-the-job experience, SafeWork SA's charge sheet shows.
An employer has been refused permission to amend its fatigue management procedures to reduce the number of rest breaks per shift, because it failed to obtain unanimous agreement from a cross-section of workers.