WHS help and advice
What is WHS help and advice?
WHS help and advice are the recommendations or guidance about WHS situations that are communicated by experts to those who are required to comply with the WHS laws. WHS help and advice draws on a body of knowledge that defines professional practice in relation to WHS.
What is WHS help and advice like?
WHS help and advice is like the information that a coach with extensive experience might give to the leaders of a sporting team. The information that the coach shares with the sporting team leaders will help them to make sound on-field decisions and to deal with issues that arise in the course of play. WHS help and advice is also provided by experts to business leaders to help them make sound decisions about the implementation and maintenance of WHS systems and processes.
Where does WHS help and advice fit into the establishment of a WHS system
What comes before? Awareness of a WHS information gap
Then: WHS help and advice
What comes after? Written advice including actions to be undertaken
What is the purpose of WHS help and advice?
WHS help and advice is provided by experts and designed to help businesses achieve compliance with legislation and to continually improve their workplace health and safety performance to ensure the safety and health of workers. Experts may include government departments, WHS organisations or WHS consultants. WHS help and advice assists managers of organisations address a problem, make a decision, or manage a specific situation.
What are the different types of WHS help and advice?
WHS help and advice may include:
- Consulting services involving reviewing WHS management solutions
- Desktop and site audits of the WHS system
- Safety Training for managers and staff
- Nationally accredited and non-accredited courses in WHS for responsible persons
- Subscription to WHS focused magazines, newsletters and journals.
What is the principle structure of written WHS help and advice?
- Compliant to current WHS legislation.
- Reviewed to ensure legally correct
- Customised to the specific workplace.
- Easy to access information
What terms are used when obtaining WHS help and advice?
- Consulting services – expert advice provided by professionals usually for a fee
- Audits a desk or on the job inspection of an organisation’s processes by an independent body.
- Compliance – conforming to a rule, such as a specification, policy, standard or law.
- Legislation – statutory law which has been enacted by a governing body. Also known as laws or Acts
- Guidance – advice or information typically given by an expert or someone in authority that is targeted at resolving a problem or difficulty.
- Body of knowledge – is the complete set of concepts, terms and activities that make up a professional domain. Also known as BOK.
- Professional practice benchmarks of best practice as determined by the application of knowledge and skills in an actual workplace.