Workplace Health and Safety

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Lesson 1: Introduction

workplace safety

In the workplace there is an expectation that you will be safe from injury or disease. Health and safety in the workplace is known as either workplace health and safety (WHS) or occupational health and safety (OHS)

There are both Commonwealth and State laws that legislate what employers and employees must do to ensure workplaces are healthy and safe. These laws reflect the commitment of governments and unions to promoting health and safety in the workplace.

However, in spite of this, many people suffer or sometimes die from work-related injuries or diseases each year in Australia. The Division of Workplace Health and Safety, provides the following statistics:

Key work health and safety statistics:

In the next lesson, you will learn about:

Listen to the ABC newsreport (Jan '08) and Sixty Minutes Wake up call and contribute your ideas to the "wiki" (What is a wiki?) (Text version)

The world today - ABC newsreport

Download MP3

Current data 2010 (stats report)

ABC News 2011

Listen to the Sixty minutes report (Jan '08) and contribute your ideas to the "wiki" (What is a wiki?).

Wake-Up Call

Sunday, June 15, 2008

(large video files)

Wiki question: "Young workers between the ages of 15 and 24 have the highest incidence of WHS accidents during their first month on the job. After listening to the ABC newsreport and Sixty Minutes Wake-up call, you are to post your thoughts on why this occurs. Give reasons to support your statement" (approx 100words)

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