27 September 2023

COSH comes out for workplace violence

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The Commission for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) has invited public feedback on its draft code of practice, Violence and Aggression at Work.

In a statement, COSH said the draft code provided guidance to employers about developing plans and policies to manage and eliminate the risk of violent behaviour in the workplace.

“Such behaviour includes physical assault, verbal abuse, threats and intimidation,” the Commission said.

“The code will apply to all workplaces in Western Australia with the exception of mining and petroleum operations.”

COSH, which was established under the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 comprises representatives of employers, unions and Government as well as other experts, and has the function of developing occupational safety and health legislation with supporting guidance material, and making recommendations to the Minister.

To fulfil its functions, the Commission is empowered to establish advisory committees, hold public inquiries and publish and disseminate information.

The Commission’s objective is to promote comprehensive and practical preventive strategies that improve the working environment of Western Australians.

“This draft code of practice has been developed through a tripartite consultative process and the views of employers and unions, along with those of Government and experts,” the Commission said.

Submissions close on 23 September, and the 34-page Draft Code can be accessed at this PS News link.

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