Over 80 local government representatives attended the forum held on Monday 28 November at the City of Gosnells.
Commissioners of WorkSafe and Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) explored the implications of work, health and safety legislation (WHS) in the management of volunteer bushfire fighters at the forum.
Frequent natural catastrophes and changes in WHS legislation has lead local governments to focus on emergency response. Especially, the management of volunteer bushfire fighters has been an area of concern within the local government sector.
The event provided local government leaders with an opportunity for constructive conversations on the contemporary issues that concern them in this area.
Local governments are subject to strict legal obligations, including those contained within the State Records Act 2000 (WA), to maintain records created or received in the exercise of their functions.
When considering high risk or high hazard assets, it is important to adopt a proactive approach while managing them. Due to resource constraints, property risks are commonly managed in a reactive manner after an incident, near miss, or workplace inspection by a regulator or LGIS.
LGIS receives approximately 1,300 claims on average each year; for the past five years, of those the vast majority are common law claims.
A decade’s long partnership between LGIS and the Royal Life Saving Society of WA (RLSSWA) has delivered benefits to the entire WA local government sector – but work still needs to be done to make sure that audit recommendations are actioned to keep aquatic centres safe.
The City of Perth engaged the LGIS injury prevention team
to evaluate workstations of a group of employees at their depot to make sure they were comfortable, safe and less likely to injure themselves.