For many years, Unions NT employed a Occupational Health & Safety (now referred to as Workplace H&S) Officer to specifaclly focus on better standards and knowledges amongst practioners of Health and Satety in the NT.
In 2013, the NT Country Liberal Party Government axed funding from a range of NT bodies that were providing a fully independant voice and proffessional support to individual Territorians and corporate bodies operating in the NT.
One such postion that was lost was the Unions NT OHS Officer. Unions NT aspires to re-establisg this postion and the Executive Committee continues to review a range of strategies for how this might be acheived.
To assist, promote and facilitate the implementation of Health & Safet Education programs with a particular focus on securing improved safety performance in the targeted industries arising from the National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 which include: Construction, the Public Sector, Education, Maritime, Tourism and Hospitality, Childcare, detention, health and community services, indigenous organizations, Retail, Road Transport, Security, and Agriculture.
The OHS Officer also assisted and supported affiliates with workers' compensation and rehabilitation related advice.
- Development and promotion of affiliate initiatives and campaigns to promote the National OH&S Strategy 2012-2022 as well as improved processes
and outcomes in NT workplaces;
- Facilitate the development and implementatio of contemporary OHS policy and
practice which aligns to the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act and Regulations;
- Coordinate the establishment of HSRs and workplace OH&S Commitees and
structures across targeted industries;
- Provide Support to HSRs to consolidate and enhance their roles in NT workplaces;
- Establish OHS related databases;
- Identify and secure OHS training courses and approved training providers in
consultation with Training Advisory Councils;
- Provide ongoing advice to unions, government and other key stakeholders around
harmonization of occupational health and safety (OHS) and workers' compensation
initiatives in line with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Agreement
to implement nationally consistent approaches to regualtory reform;
- Participate in the promotion and implementation of proposed new OHS, Workers'
Compensation and Rehabilitation legislation including the implementation
of new OHS, Electrical and Mine safety regulations as well as the fines and penalties
which apply under those Acts;
- Participate in a review, promotion and implementation of safety related related
legislation and related regulations and their likely impact upon key stakeholders;
- Assist in the implementation of the propsed definition of a worker for workers'
compensation purposes and cross boarder workers' compensation arrangements;
- Identify any OHS concerns arising from the Commonwealth's industrial relations
legislation and particularly the impact of such reforms upon improving OHS
performance in the NT;
- Participate in the review of labour hire arrangements in the NT and their impact upon
promoting improved OHS performance;
- Identify the impact of skilled migration programs upon safety performance including
preventive programs such as safety inducation, language and literacy concerns;
- Develop and promote strategies and campaigns designed to assist remote area
workers understanding of OHS principals;
- Report regularly on OHS initiatives to Unions NT and the NT Government.
- Participate on behalf of affiliates upon various OHS and Workers' Compensation related Ministerial Advisory Councils.
- Advises affiliates on proposed legislative amendments and reforms and represents union views to government, industry and the community
Mark Crossin was the most recent Unions NT OHS Officer in post.