Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) adopted a new Workplace Health and Safety policy at its recent Ordinary meeting.
“The Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Act imposes a general duty of care on Council as an employer to protect the health, safety and welfare of its workers,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“LPSC’s objective is to strive for zero harm through the belief that all accidents can be prevented, our operations can be performed with minimal negative impact on the environment and this can be of benefit to the greater community,” he said.
“Council will meet this objective by promoting a positive culture based on strong WHS leadership and effective consultation with staff and relevant external stakeholders. This includes promoting environmental sustainability as part of our culture, ensuring all personnel have clearly defined and understood responsibilities and accountabilities for the effective implementation of its WHS Policy and Management System. As part of this culture we will engage with contractors, industry bodies, equivalent organisations and stakeholders to achieve and improve WHS standards.
“To achieve these standards Council will apply risk management principles to identify, assess and control hazards, work practices and behaviours that can cause incidents, injuries, illness or environmental harm. We will comply with all relevant WHS legal and regulatory requirements, Council policies, standards and procedures. LPSC will provide appropriate information, training, supervision and resources to assist all personnel to implement and maintain the WHS Management Systems that meet our legal obligations and requirements.
“To achieve best practice we’ll manage WHS incidents, close calls and hazardous conditions consistently through early identification, notification, methodical investigation and the sharing of learnings across the organisation. Our policy encourages personnel to maintain a healthy balance between work, family and friends and will inform and educate on the potential impacts of medication, illicit drugs, alcohol, fatigue, stress and other issues relating to their wellbeing and fitness for work. As part of this program Council will provide confidential employee assistance and counselling services for the benefit of all employees,” he continued.
“Consultation regarding this policy was undertaken with Council’s WHS Committee. It is LPSC’s objective to ensure our staff work in a safe, happy and satisfying environment at all times,” Councillor Hope concluded.