OHS Reps' duty to consult
The only exception to the requirement of following procedures to resolve issue, is where there is an "immediate threat" to the health and safety of any person. In these cases, either the OHS rep or the employer rep can "direct that the work shall cease". If possible, there should be consultation prior to this - but the Act acknowledges that this is not always possible.
Consultation Email Template
If your employer is not following their duty to consult under s35 of the OHS Act, one step HSRs can take is to send them an email requesting proper consultation. We've created this consultation email template to make your job easier. Click here to access the Consultation Email Template.
Last amended April 2015
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