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Some useful links

Safe Work Volunteers_Guide

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/plants/agvet-chemicals-and-residues/chemical-use

http://www.conservationskills.org.au/in-safe-hands-toolkit/

http://www.landcarevic.net.au/resources/for-groups/ohs/safe_working

Occupational Health and Safety Update

The changes resultant from Harmonisation of OHS (January 1, 2012) impacts on the NRM Community Volunteers in 2 ways-

  1. Broader Definition of “Worker” – with the act recognising the changing choice of work options
  2. Due Diligence – Boards have an obligation to exercise duty of care

The following, to me, summarises best what we need to recall – and act on:

“A volunteer organisation that is a PCBU (persons conducting a business or undertaking) must do what is reasonably practicable to ensure that its workers are healthy and safe. The duty is owed to ‘workers’ generally including employees, contractors and sub-contractors, apprentices, work experience students and volunteers. It is not an absolute duty to ensure that no harm occurs. If an organisation is run by volunteers, this will be taken into account in determining what is reasonably practicable for a PCBU volunteer organisation to do to meet its duty of care in any given circumstances.”

Source: Legislative Fact Sheet Series – How volunteer organisations can comply with the model work health and safety laws.

You can download the updated policies here:

OHS DEFINITIONS (PDF 4.5mb)

OHS Q&A (PDF 4mb)

OHS HOW VOLUNTEER ORANISATIONS CAN COMPLY (PDF 400kb)

OHS MODEL WHS ACT FACT SHEET WHS DUTIES (PDF 1.3mb)

OSH OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES (PDF 390kb)

OHS VOLUNTEER ORGANISATIONS AND THE MODEL WHS ACT (PDF 393kb)

OHS VOLUNTEERS AND THE MODEL WHS ACT (PDF 380kb)

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