Assessment task 5 - Appendix 1: PYP EAW1 AUSTRALIAN WORKPLACE CULTURE - Southern LaserTech
WHS TASK 5 SCENARIO
Southern LaserTech is a relatively new imaginary Australian company with offices in all States and Territories. Head office is the manufacturing hub whilst the other branches undertake R&D marketing and sales. There is a total of 170 staff. Your job is at head office.
Southern LaserTech commenced operations in 2012. The original owners and operators came from University research institutes then developed the first product in a technology incubator. The actual factory was commissioned in 2014. The first product was a new laser that is now used for eye surgery and other related medical procedures. Since then the laser technology has been joined by nano-technology devices that can be placed inside the body to detect and destroy cancer cells.
There are two separate laboratories for the production of the nanp machines and the lasers. Branch offices also have laboratories that specialise in the development of components or in experiments on new designs and clinical trials. Head office also has the most extensive set of experimental labs.
Southern LaserTech prides itself on having laboratories that meet world's best practice standards for cleanliness and safety. Using lasers has significant risks. Nano-technology requires the use of totally clean facilities with high powered nuclear microscopes. Also in both cases the company runs clinical trials involving humans so processes and procedures for trials are stringent.
In 2017 there was a serious accident involving a laser. The company is now embarked on a full revision of its WHS systems and practices. Your job is to lead this work reporting to the senior management team.
Other relevant information:
• Staff expect to be consulted
• Record keeping for WHS is not adequate for the needs of the company
• There is currently no continuous improvement process for WHS but there is
one for cleanliness.
• Management is committed to the process and has allocated $25000 to
support the work and set a deadline of 2 months to make it happen
Task 5: Report - WHS scenario
See company details handout for southern LaserTech P/L
Develop WHS policies and procedures to establish and provide implementation and monitoring arrangements regarding:
• Participation arrangements for managing WHS and
managing matters arising from consultation
• Procedures for identifying WHS training needs, the costs
of training and provision of training
• Procedures and legal requirements for identifying hazards
and assessing and controlling risk. Establish a hazard and risk register for southern LaserTech
• Procedures for maintaining WHS records and creation of a
record system including incident reports
• Establishing a monitoring and continuous improvement
Your response should not exceed 150 words.