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Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
Repealed version for 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017 (accessed 19 August 2019 at 18:30)
Part 2.2 Issue resolution
22 Agreed procedure—minimum requirements
(1) This clause sets out minimum requirements for an agreed procedure for issue resolution at a workplace.(2) The agreed procedure for issue resolution at a workplace must include the steps set out in clause 23.(3) A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that the agreed procedure for issue resolution at the workplace:(a) complies with subclause (2), and(b) is set out in writing, and(c) is communicated to all workers to whom the agreed procedure applies.Maximum penalty:(a) in the case of an individual—$3,600, or(b) in the case of a body corporate—$18,000.
23 Default procedure
(1) This clause sets out the default procedure for issue resolution for the purposes of section 81 (2) of the Act.(2) Any party to the issue may commence the procedure by informing each other party:(a) that there is an issue to be resolved, and(b) the nature and scope of the issue.(3) As soon as parties are informed of the issue, all parties must meet or communicate with each other to attempt to resolve the issue.(4) The parties must have regard to all relevant matters, including the following:(a) the degree and immediacy of risk to workers or other persons affected by the issue,(b) the number and location of workers and other persons affected by the issue,(c) the measures (both temporary and permanent) that must be implemented to resolve the issue,(d) who will be responsible for implementing the resolution measures.(5) A party may, in resolving the issue, be assisted or represented by a person nominated by the party.(6) If the issue is resolved, details of the issue and its resolution must be set out in a written agreement if any party to the issue requests this.Note.Under the Act, parties to an issue include not only a person conducting a business or undertaking, a worker and a health and safety representative, but also representatives of these persons (see section 80 of the Act).(7) If a written agreement is prepared all parties to the issue must be satisfied that the agreement reflects the resolution of the issue.(8) A copy of the written agreement must be given to:(a) all parties to the issue, and(b) if requested, to the health and safety committee for the workplace.(9) To avoid doubt, nothing in this procedure prevents a worker from bringing a work health and safety issue to the attention of the worker’s health and safety representative.