Work Health and Safety is a fast evolving and often misunderstood aspect of workplace law.
As managers are responsible for the safety of their workers they are also personally liable for failure to act to create a safe workplace. The best method of avoiding a claim against a manager or a business is to proactively approach WH&S and address issues through consultation, training and equipment review.
The questions could be asked:
- If an employee is involved in a road crash that may have been avoided if they had received training is the organisation and manager liable?
- If the vehicle which they were driving had ABS and Air bags fitted and they had not received training in the use of the safety devices and sustained an injury does this mean that the organisation is liable?
- Is the training valid? If not, compliance may not be achieved. Bahaviour-based Low Risk Driving Courses are considered valid training.
- A valid Low Risk Driving Course will satisfy current WH&S legislation and compliance.