ASCC meets in Canberra to review national OH&S standards

THE AUSTRALIAN Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) met in the National Capital yesterday to disucss key issues concerning the safety and wellbeing of employees at work.

THE AUSTRALIAN Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) met in Canberra yesterday to disucss key issues concerning the safety and wellbeing of employees at work.

Bill Scales, ASCC Chairman, said he was very pleased with the outcomes from the meeting.

The ASCC agreed to declare the National Standard for Manual Tasks and the National Code of Practice for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders from Performing Manual Tasks at Work and to review the national standard and code under the national occupational health and safety (OHS) standards framework.

“The ASCC continues its important work under the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) decision to improve the development and uptake of national OHS standards and endorsed an interim common elements document,” Scales said.

“The ASCC noted the preliminary analysis of the OHS issues relating to a proposal to develop national material to assist in improving workplace safety for the stevedoring industry and agreed to continue to support the Victorian Waterfront Safety Project in developing guidance material for the stevedoring industry.

“It was also agreed that a comprehensive needs assessment be undertaken in relation to occupational diving,” he said.

Further to this work, the ASCC supported the continued development of a broader needs analysis framework to provide a more robust evidence basis for future decision making by the ASCC.

The ASCC also approved for publication the OHS Business Case — trainers guide and learning materials and Guidance on preparing a simple, effective OHS Business Case.

Previous OHS research identified a lack of business oriented skills amongst OHS practitioners.

In response, the ASCC developed a practical training module.

Members from all states and territories (except Tasmania), the Commonwealth, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) attended the meeting.