Work Christmas parties are a chance for employees to let their hair down, celebrate their achievements from the past working year, and it can also be a great chance for your employees to bond. However, although the work Christmas party can be fun, it can also be fraught with dangers.
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WorkCover NSW Codes of Practice and information sheets from WorkCover QLD provide that gas cylinders in the workplace require particular safe handling practices such as:
Question: How often does first aid and CPR training have to be renewed? How many first aiders are required?
The Safe Work Australia First Aid in the Workplace Code of Practice, was adopted in states including NSW, South Australia and Queensland.
Question – We provide our employees with a fridge, microwave and sink. Is there more that we are required to provide? Where can I find information about what governs this?
While employee drinking and drug use during work hours has obvious implications for workplace safety, productivity, and reputation – consideration also needs to be given to the effects of consumption that occurs away from the workplace and out of work hours.
Under the relevant Occupational Health and Safety legislation in each state and territory and the soon to be implemented harmonised WHS laws, employers are generally required to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees at work. This can raise difficult issues in how to implement practical measures to protect workers in relation to their own health, safety and welfare.
Most employers will already be aware of the need for flexibility during the crisis and its aftermath in relation to supporting employees during the clean up, difficulties they may face in attending work, providing time off for participation in any emergency services duties, etc. This is of course in the context of their business being able to re-open as quickly as possible and to resume normal business operations.
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