Work, Health and Safety (WHS)
Safe Work Australia (an Australian Government agency) has developed a model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act to progress nationally consistent laws. In January 2013, South Australia’s WHS legislation aligned with New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth.
Maxima’s WHS arrangements align with the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and the Work Health and Safety Regulations and are supported by various Codes of Practice. The WHS Regulations identify the control measures that must be applied to specific work activities and hazards (eg. machine guarding and noise exposure). The Codes of Practice provide practical information, or guidance, on how to meet the requirements of the regulations. The Codes are not mandatory but provide information to help workplaces achieve safe systems of work.
Maxima wants all of their employees to be safe at work and encourages you to think about the reason for coming home safe.
Maxima’s WHS Objectives
The health and safety of all Maxima employees as well as visitors and contractors is of prime importance. This is a shared responsibility between Maxima, the host employer and all Maxima employees.
To achieve our WHS objectives, Maxima maintain a WHS Management System. This system seeks to:
- Develop awareness of the provisions and requirements of the WHS Acts & Regulations
- Promote health and safety awareness and encourage safe working practices and attitudes
- Develop and maintain regular workplace assessment and reporting procedures
- Ensure all hazards and risks to health and safety are identified, assessed, and where they cannot be eliminated are effectively evaluated, monitored and controlled
- Engage in meaningful consultation between permanent and temporary workers and management
- Provide suitable training and awareness in accident and injury prevention
- Provide adequate WHS and First Aid services
- Comply with health and safety legislation and regulations and good, established practices including Australian Standards
- Support the rehabilitation of injured employees.
To maintain this system across our extensive host client base, Maxima has established a dedicated WHS Management Unit comprising prevention and rehabilitation professionals, which include:
- Specialist WHS Risk Management Consultants
- Field safety monitoring coordinators
- Rehabilitation & Return to Work Coordinators
- Rehabilitation and Claims Management Consultants.
Our resources are complemented by a panel of specialist WHS consultants who are available to provide expert independent advice on a range of safety and injury management issues.
All employees have a general responsibility in terms of the WHS Act (2012). To minimise risk of injury or illness at work, it is important that all Maxima employees receive, understand and agree with Maxima’s WHS requirements before commencing employment.
When starting a new job, employees should expect to receive a site specific and job specific induction from their host employer. All employers have the responsibility to comply with WHS legislation, including training and supervising staff, to ensure the environment is risk free. The induction should familiarise you with business operations, facilities, policies and procedures surrounding WHS as well as specific duties and responsibilities.
It is up to all employees to alert their on-site Supervisor and/or Recruitment Manager/Consultant should they believe their health and safety are at risk.