Health, Safety and Wellbeing consultation is the sharing of relevant information, that gives workers reasonable opportunity to express their views, raise health or safety issues as well as contribute to the decision-making process around health and safety matters.
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld) provides for workers to be represented and to consult as a work group. A work group may be determined for workers at one or more workplaces in consultation with the employer. For example, workers employed in a particular role at one workplace may have their own health, safety and wellbeing committee, further workers employed in a particular role across a number of workplaces may form a work group. E.g. Scientific Officers across a number of schools within a region. Refer to the (DETE) Health, Safety and Wellbeing Consultation Flowchart.
Consultation is to occur to the extent that is reasonable in particular circumstances. This will depend on the size and structure of the organisation, the nature of work, the nature of the decision, action or urgency, work arrangements and the characteristics of workers.
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld), a worker is broadly defined as anyone engaged to carry out work. This includes regular staff as well as contractors, sub-contractors and their employees, labour hire personnel and volunteers.