Although the Commission is not a mandated agency under the Public Sector Commissioner’s circular to address systemic discrimination it has continued to implement the objectives of the framework for Substantive Equality in its own operations.
During the current year the Commission:
- Continued to revise its substantive equality implementation plan
- Encouraged all staff to participate in the course ‘Fair Go for your Clients’ aimed at increasing awareness of how systemic discrimination impacts on various groups
- Maintained as a standing agenda items for monthly staff meetings the implementation of substantive equality as well as analysis of trends and issues to identify systemic discrimination
- Identified policies requiring impact assessments – including revision of the Accessible Complaints Policy.
Occupational health and safety (OSH)
The Commission is committed to providing an environment that is healthy, safe and which promotes the welfare of the employees and any other people who may be affected by the work environment of the Commission.
Due to the small number of staff there is no dedicated OSH officer. The Commission has two elected OSH representatives conduct regular office inspections, and during these inspections consult staff and seek feedback on workstation and work related ergonomic and other OSH issues. Any urgent issues are documented and submitted for action.
In the 2017-18 financial year the only significant high-risk issue identified by the OSH representatives, were four emergency exit lights which were not working, including one at the main exit. These were reported for urgent attention, and contractors were engaged, and the lights were made operational. Other reported issues were low risk, such as ensuring materials on shelves were properly stacked and stored safely, and slip risks removed from floors.
The OSH representatives take responsibility for conducting the OSH component during the induction of new staff.
An assessment of the occupational safety and health management systems was last completed in 2012 using a recognised assessment tool by an independent external OH&S consultancy firm.
The consultants identified a few medium and low priority matters which were recommended for remediation, and these were accepted for actioning by the Corporate Executive. 100% of the recommended actions have been completed.
Formal mechanism for consultation with employees
Managers and employees are regularly reminded of their responsibilities. These include:
- All related occupational safety and health management policies are provided during the induction process and are also available to all staff on the intranet
- All new employees are provided with OSH information and basic training as part of the induction process
- OSH inspections are carried out regularly in accordance with the policy
- If an issue is identified it is followed up initially by the manager and then by an OSH representative if required
- Reports are provided quarterly to corporate executive
- Accidents are recorded in the accident report register either by the injured party, the first aider or an OSH representative
- If an injury requires any treatment it is reported to the OSH representative and the manager commission support.
The following table provides actual results for the 2017-18 reporting period against targets specified in Public Sector Commissioner’s Circular 2012-05: Code of Practice-Occupational Safety and Health in the Western Australian Public Sector. We had no lost time injuries during the period.
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