Enterprise Agreement 2012-2015

Work Health and Safety

68  Work health and safety

68.1  Clauses 68.1, 68.2, 68.3 and 68.4 are intended to identify various obligations that apply in the workplace under work health and safety legislation and anti-discrimination legislation.  Clauses 68.1, 68.2, 68.3 and 68.4 are not intended to create any additional obligations under this Agreement.

68.2  The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (WHS Act) applies to all employees covered by this Agreement.

68.3  Members and employees are required to protect employees and other persons against harm to their health, safety and welfare, through the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from employment under the MOP(S) Act, as far as is reasonably practicable.  This includes an obligation to comply with the reasonable instructions, policies and procedures relating to work health and safety from their employing Member and the Department.

68.4  Employees have an obligation to refrain from behaviour that could be perceived as discrimination or harassment in the workplace under Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws.

68.5  The Work Health and Safety Committee provides a formal means of consultation on work health and safety matters between employees and the Department.  The Committee is to be instituted within three months of the commencement of this Agreement.

68.6  Upon request, the Department may arrange assessments of work practices and equipment in the workplace.

68.7  Annual flu vaccinations will be available to employees in accordance with arrangements made by the Department.

68.8  Further information on the Commonwealth’s and employees’ responsibilities under the WHS Act can be found in the relevant Guideline ‘Work health and safety’ and work health and safety policies issued by the Department.

69  Employee Assistance Program

69.1  The Department will continue to provide employees covered by this Agreement with access to a confidential professional counselling service to assist with work or personal issues through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

69.2  Further information can be found in the relevant Guideline ‘Employee Assistance Program’.