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Ohs in enterprise agreements

A large proportion (60%) of agreements certified in the first quarter of 1998 (excluding those from the metal industry) addressed occupational health and safety issues.

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A large proportion (60%) of agreements certified in the first quarter of 1998 (excluding those from the metal industry) addressed occupational health and safety issues. The following agreement summaries deal with a range of occupational health and safety issues.

Safety committee: The Grocon - CFMEU Enterprise Agreement [Print P8288] includes a detailed discussion of health and safety issues. The agreement supports a ‘site safety committee’ and provides an outline of the duties of the ‘safety officer’. The agreement also provides a procedure should a particular project be in dispute on the basis that it is thought to be unsafe.

OHS performance measures: The Blackwater Mine AFMEPKIU Enterprise Agreement 1997 [Print P8183] performance by four measures: lost time injury frequency rate; medical injury frequency rate; external audit rating; and exceeding statutory environmental standards.

Under the influence of alcohol: The Vista Commercial Construction Pty Ltd and CFMEU Construction General Division (NSW Branch) Enterprise Agreement 1997 [Print P9169] gives management the right to direct an employee to leave the work site if management has a reasonable belief that an employee is under the influence of alcohol or some other foreign substance. Suitable arrangements will be made to ensure the person’s safety when leaving the site.

Safety manual: The Note Printing Australia Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 1997 [Print P8272] has, as an attachment, a 10 page occupational health and safety agreement. The agreement provides for designated work groups, OHS representatives and training, emergency procedures, an OHS committee and a full range of company/union consultative arrangements.

The above summaries were taken from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s ‘Federal Enterprise Agreement Report - First Quarter 1998’.

 

 

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