Each state has its own legislation which makes it quite clear that everyone has a responsibility when it comes to the consultative and participative processes.
All workplace personnel have a responsibility regarding OHS. These personnel include:
- all employees (yourself) - all employees have a responsibility to participate in the consultation process
- WHS representative (in some States or Territories referred to as a safety representative) - employees must support their WHS representatives bycontributing at WHS and workgroup meetings and offering suggestions and recommendations
- WHS committee members (in some States or Territories referred to as safety committees) - employees must support their WHS committees by contributing at WHS and workgroup meetings and offering suggestions and recommendations to their WHS representatives who take these suggestions to their OHS meeting
- workplace managers and supervisors - have the major role in ensuring that all employees are given the opportunity to participate and be consulted on OHS matters
- management - including specific positions such as OHS officer and risk manager
- trade union representatives - support the OHS consultative processes at workplaces and are available to assist with OHS information to employees