Work Health and Safety
Work Health and Safety overview
Managing work health and safety risks in your practice is an integral part of any practice manager’s role and will ensure your practice is a healthy place in which to work. As a practice manager, you should also be aware that Work Health and Safety (WHS) is the new term for Occupational Health and Safety. WHS is about ensuring the wellbeing of workers, contractors and patients in your practice through the regular review of safety and health issues.
Work health and safety legislation exists in each state of Australia
to promote improved standards of workplace health and safety and reduce
work-related accidents and diseases.
In medical and other healthcare
practices practice there are further risks related to infection control and
chemicals, and these topics are addressed separately in this section.
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legislation, employers are obliged to:
- provide a safe and healthy
working environment for workers, sub-contractors and members of the
- maintain adequate workers’ compensation insurance
- record and report any injuries and/or claims
- assist and support
an employee injured at work to return to work.
Better practice is more than what is covered by legislation. It is a genuine
concern displayed for the health and well being of staff and patients when
they visit the practice. It is important to include the Work Health and Safety
(WHS) guidelines as well as the commitment to WHS in your staff induction
Infection control and waste management
- Minimising the risk
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- Ensure the following are in place and reviewed regularly: