Health, Safety and Workplace Environment

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Carry out a safety inspection at your own workplace (if not possible, then at a workplace where you can negotiate an access for the purpose of this exercise, such as a petrol station, a retail store or similar).

  1. Identify the widest possible range of occupational hazards.
  2. ii) For each occupational hazard identified by you, assess whether the current control strategies in place are adequate and satisfactory.

iii) If not satisfactory, propose improved control strategies for each such hazard.

For this part of the assignment you are required to undertake research and if practical attempt to obtain Strategic and Operational Occupational Safety and Health Plans from organisations.  Review the plans and assess how they compare against the researched statutory requirements.


The following resources will assist:

  • Unit text
  • Occupational Safety & Health Legislation
  • Internet addresses provided


Unit text

Archer R., Borthwick K., Travers M. and Ruschena L. (2014). WHS a management guide, South Melbourne: Cengage.

Significant references

Bohle, P., & Quinlan, M., Lamm, F. (2012). Managing Occupational Health and Safety 4thed.), South Yarra, Macmillan Publishers Australia.

CCH Australia (2011). Planning work, health and safety (8th ed.). Sydney: CCH Australia.

Taylor, G., Easter, K. & Hegney, R. (2004). Enhancing Safety (4th ed.). West Perth, WA: WestOne.

Annotated reading list


West Australian Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1984.

West Australian Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, 1996.

West Australian Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981.

WorkSafe Western Australia Codes of Practice & Guidance Notes.

Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011.

Other significant references and resources

Useful Internet sites

WorkSafe Western Australia:

WorkCover Western Australia:

Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. UK:

UK Health & Safety Executive:

Australian Government Comcare:

Safe Work Australia :

SafetyAtWorkBlog :


Safetyline.  WorkSafe Western Australian publication.

The Journal of Occupational Health & Safety – Australian & New Zealand.


Australian/New Zealand Standard AS31000: 2009. Risk Management-principles and guidelines.  Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand.

Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS4804:2001. Occupational safety and health management systems –General guidelines on principles, systems and supporting techniques.  Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand.

Barrett, T. & Cameron, D.  (2011). (eds)  Safe business.  Good business.  A practical guide to occupational safety, health and insurance in Australasia. 2nd Ed.  Perth WA: Vineyard.

Cestnick, K. (2006). Quality and healthy workplaces:  HR must play a critical role. Canadian HR Reporter, 19(9), 10-12.

French, G. (2004). Health, safety and environment climate analysis: measuring performance in the Australian context.  Journal of Occupational Health & Safety Australia & New Zealand, 20(2), 155-167.

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