Queensland Government, Division of Workplace Health & Safety, Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations

A Worker Exposed to Spray Resin: Hazardous Substances Case Study

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Courtesy of Queensland Government, Division of Workplace Health & Safety, Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations

This case study demonstrates what you, as a worker, may expect when your employer takes various steps as required by the Hazardous Substances Compliance Standard (formerly the Regulation). Your work area will require an assessment of the risks it poses to your health, and you may have monitoring and health surveillance provided. These all produce factual data for control measures to eliminate risks or reduce them to an acceptable level.

However, the Hazardous Substances Compliance Standard is not the only legislation operating in your interests. Under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, your employer will have to engage in a number of workplace consultative arrangements. Because the Compliance Standard requires your specific involvement about your health and working with hazardous substances, you should be provided with ways to consult on all the things you have to participate in. The Act provides for workers at a workplace to nominate or elect a co-worker as their Workplace Health and Safety Representative (WHSR) who is entitled to make inspections of the workplace and to report in writing to the employer. In workplaces with 30 or more workers the WHSR reports to the Workplace Health and Safety Officer.


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