Officer in Charge
A person who has the authority for the management of a departmental workplace, e.g. school principals, TAFE institute directors and managers. An officer in charge (OIC) has the responsibility for, and decision making authority at, a workplace for a range of issues, e.g. supervision of staff, budget expenditure, facilities management, and is an executive leader such as Senior Executive Services (SES) Officers, Senior Officers (SO), Regional Directors and Assistant Regional Directors.
Workplace Health and Safety Officer
A person who is appointed as a Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHSO) by the officer in charge and completes training approved by the Department of Education, Training and Employment. A WHSO will be required to complete approved training. Approved departmental training is still under development. Transitional arrangements for completion of training are in place during 2012.
An officer in charge may appoint himself or herself as a WHSO for the workplace.
30 or more staff
30 or more workers are normally employed at the workplace means, during the current year, at least 30 workers are employed, or are likely to be employed, at the workplace for a total of any 40 days during the year.
To calculate the ‘30 workers or more’:
- 30 workers do not have to be employed at the workplace every day
- the workers do not have to work full days for the 40 days
- itinerant workers should be included in the calculation
- regular volunteers should be included.
Workers for the purpose of this procedure are persons who carry out work for DETE including:
- full time, part time, casual and temporary employees
- apprentices, trainees and pre-service teachers
- students gaining work experience
- paid or unpaid staff in tuckshops, canteens, uniform or book shops and security stations.