Workplace Health and Safety [WHS] previously known as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S), is one of the most challenging management issues facing churches today. With strict legislative requirements and increasing penalties associated with workers’ compensation, the consequence of not managing safety risks can be very onerous and costly.
Harmonised Legislation: In January 2012, harmonised laws were introduced in the ACT, NSW, QLD and NT. Harmonisation then took place in Tasmania and South Australia on the 1st of January 2013. Western Australia intends to adopt the harmonised legislation [2019 update] with extensions to cover mining and other industries. Although the harmonised legislation was largely based on Victoria' s OHS laws, Victoria elected not to participate. However, it has constantly been revising and adding to its current raft of laws and regulations. For more information on WHS visit:
Red Book - the regulatory and inspection regime itemised in the Red Book are mainly focussed on the safety of the facility and equipment, whereas WHS is primarily focussed on safe work practices. However, there are a number of areas that overlap.
To assist your church manage its WHS responsibilities two solutions are listed.
1. CCCAust WHS Policy
A traditional hard copy policy with a number of schedules itemising matters to be managed on a periodical basis. A copy of the policy is listed below for download.
MONIT is an application that can be downloaded on a smart phone. Each month a schedule of matters to be managed or inspected is forwarded to be acted on. The service is currently funded by CCCVaT for churches in Victoria listed on its website and member churches in Tasmania. For more information on MONIT visit the church support segment on the home page of this website.