|Scooped by George Clouston|
I have added this scoop, although it is generic to all work areas, I believe that it pertains in particular to Mark's work area.
The code of practice scooped ties all the other scoops together because effective consultation requires that the worker has a knowledge of the hazards in the work area. History is littered with cases of workers and also occasionally business owners not being aware of the hazards related to the business, for example the workers in the Coca Cola factory in Brisbane did not know that the static eliminator used to remove dust from bottles was leaking Polonium 210. At no stage before this was discovered did the workers know that there was a radioactive source in the eliminator (Quinlan & Bohle 1995).
The point is, that if Mark is not aware of the hazards in the workplace, he will not consider the risks and consequently no controls will be implemented. In safety ignorance may be bliss, but the consequences of ignorance may be fatal.
Consultation , the understanding that it is a legal obligation and a workers right,enshrined in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, will empower the workers to take ownership of their workplaces and be proactive in safety. The Code of practice outlines the processes for consultation and clearly outlines Marks rights and obligations to raise safety matters with his employer. The code of practice also explains the process that Mark can use to have disputed safety issues resolved.
Bohle, P & Quinlan, M 1995, Managing Occupational Health and Safety in Australia, Macmillan Education, Melbourne Australia.