WHS Update for MBA Host Employers - 21 September, 2018
Working in Partnership to keep MBA Apprentices safe on site
MBA Group Training Host Employers are advised of the following WHS updates:
- Update on the WorkSafe apprentices and young workers safety program
- WorkSafe ACT SWMSs blitz
- Acetylene gas bottle explosion
- Worksafe ACT working at heights blitz
- NEW WorkSafe ACT Safety Portal
1. Update on the WorkSafe apprentices and young workers safety program
The ACT Government is focused on improving and strengthening safety practices across the ACT in commercial and small business operations, particularly workers who are overrepresented in injury statistics and working in high risk industries. A proactive approach to the safety and wellbeing of workers, especially young or vulnerable workers and those entering the industry through apprenticeships is a matter of importance for the government. Please use the following link to see WorkSafe's updated information regarding the current the apprentices and young workers safety program.
Documents regarding the current program can be accessed here;
Apprentice and Young Workers Program 2018 (DOC 602KB) or (PDF 160KB)
Apprentice and Young Workers Checklist(DOC 17KB) or (PDF 86KB)
Young Worker and Apprentice Audit monthly reporting infographics July 2018 (PDF 97KB)
For the updated guidelines covering supervision of trainees and apprentices in the building and construction industries during their on the job training, please use this link. https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/3607/kw/apprentices
Information and safety tips for new and vulnerable workers https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/3976/kw/apprentices
2. WorkSafe ACT SWMSs blitz. Inspectors are currently handing out fines for not having SWMSs or for not implementing the requirements of their on-site SWMSs for high risk activities.
WorkSafe ACT are running further sessions on "Removing the Confusion: Safe Work Method Statements" after the previous seminars were fully booked within 24 hours. We encourage you to book your ticket without delay. To register for a seminar please click here.
Use this link for MBA's safety resources including the SWMS handbook; https://www.mba.org.au/industry-resources/safety-resources/
4. Worksafe ACT working at heights blitz. Inspectors are currently handing out fines for not Implementing suitable controls for working at heights, including not having SWMSs or for not implementing the requirements of their on-site SWMSs. Please click here for Code of Practice for preventing falls in housing construction.
5. NEW WorkSafe ACT Safety Portal
Master Builders ACT have been advocating to the ACT Government for some time about the need to improve the WorkSafe ACT website, including the need to make it easier to report an incident online. WorkSafe ACT now has a new "safety portal", which will make it easier for both business and industry to get the information on safety that you need, and also report Notifiable Incidents!
Please save this link to your Favourites: WorkSafe ACT.
For more info please contact:
Technical Manager WHS
Tel: (02) 6175 5905
Mob: 0420 645 073