Case Study

Part 1: There are 2 methods for identifying hazards in the workplace and they are as follows:

- Safety Audit: This is systematic and periodic inspection of the workplace to evaluate the effectiveness of the organisation’s health and safety system. The audit may be conducted by a safety consultant or workplace OHS professionals such as safety officers. Au audit usually contains a written report for management and is usually referred to any OHS committee.
- Observation: A supervisor, manager or OHS committee member, as part of his or her normal duties, may observe a workplace hazard. Part of the OHS program includes clearly defining who is responsible for the above activities and how the information is processed and analysed.

Part 2: Even though Henry is an employee on a casual basis, still he had to attend the induction programme which he missed out because the Human Resources manager (Vicki) was on holiday. However this is no good enough and it is not acceptable as all the new employees regardless whether they are full time or casual staff has to attend the induction or any formal training on how to cut the metal part. This is very important first of all because it is a programme to welcome the new employees and to prepare them to their new role and to the OHS rules and how to behave in case of any hazards on accident at work and who to contact in that case.

Part 3: The Work Health and Safety Act 211 No 10 has been breached in this case has the OH&S procedures have not been followed properly and no forms have been filled out for Henry’s accident. The company can be fined for breaching the Law.

Part 4: In this case Henry should have reported the accident to his supervisor or any other manager and these would have had reported it to the H&S representative and Safety committee.

Part 5: The Hazard Hierarchy would be:

1. Eliminate the Hazards
2. Substitute the Hazards
3. Isolate the hazards through the use of guards or remote...

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