Introduction to OHSE Law
Start your exploration of the Australian legal system.
Look through the legislation that regulates environmental protections and work safety. Discuss legal concepts like judicial precedent. Find out what penalties are meted out for offences.
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- 27 Jul 2020
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On completion of this subject the student should be able to:
- Describe the concepts of law, the judicial court systems, common law and equity, and the common law of employment and environmental protection
- Interpret concepts and practices in OHSE Management through the application of OHS and environmental legislation as it applies to organisations
- Through study of failures and inadequacies, analyse how OHSE risks to health or environment in organisations are legally required to be managed
- Find sources of legal precedence/case law and describe how these might impact on the OHS practices of the organisation or individuals.
- The Australian Legal System
- Maintaining currency with OHSE law, finding and reading case law
- Overview of WHS Act and Regulation and Environmental Legal Framework
- Health and safety and environment duties
- Duty to consult and provide training
- Health and safety representatives and designated work groups
- Authorisations and licensing
- Offences and penalties
- Regulation and enforcement
- Jurisdictional issues
- Other relevant jurisdictions for OHSE practice (Electrical Safety, Mining Safety, Maritime Safety, Explosives etc)
- Interface with Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Law as it applies to OHS practice
- Interface with Public Safety, EEO and Discrimination Law as it applies to OHSE practice
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
ACU-OHSE201-Introduction to OHSE Management, or ACU-OHS201 ;
No special requirements
This subject covers an introduction to the Australian legal system, including concepts of common law, the doctrine of judicial precedent, and the court systems. Specific legislation regulating work health and safety, (with a focus on the national model laws), and protection of the environment, in so far as it relates to a workplace will be considered. The aim of the subject is to provide students with an understanding of the legal framework regulating OHS and environment in order to assist compliance with the legislation.
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