A Health Issue for the Meat Industry
The disease Q-fever is a major concern in NSW and QLD - where nearly 90 per cent of Australian cases occur. Each year approximately 600 cases of Q-fever are reported nationally, with an average of 200 people hospitalised and three deaths occurring as a result of the disease.
Each year more than 1,700 working hours are lost due to Q-fever with workers compensation costs estimated at around $1 million. Acute cases of Q-fever can cost between $7,000 and $50,000.
|Occupational Health & Safety Act|
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY ACT 2000
The Act places a primary duty on employers to protect the health and safety of workers.
Section 8 (1) - Ensure Safety of Employees
premises are safe
plant or substance provided by the employer are safe when properly used
Employers must ensure the health,safety and welfare of all their employees
Section 8 (2) - Ensure Safety of Non-Employees
visitors to the workplace must not be exposed to risk
procedures should be in place outlining what needs to be done when non-employees areat the workplace.
employees have a responsibility to follow set procedures
Section 20 - Employees Duties
Employers must ensure that persons not in their employment are not exposed to risks to their health or safety whilst at the employers place of work
Employees have 2 major responsibilities:
To take reasonable care for the health and safety of people at their place of work who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
Must co-operate with his/her employer re: any requirement imposed in the interests of health, safety and welfare.
employees must observe safety procedures developed by the employer in consultation with their safety representatives
employees will be responsible for a breach under OHS law if they take any action(or fail to take any action) that is deliberate, wilful and/or negligent that results in injuries to others
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When a worker suffers an injury at work or as a result of their work it is absolutely important that they see a doctor of their choice and this doctor becomes the treating doctor. Even though an injured employee must attend any appointments made on their behalf by company and/or the insurance company, however this is not the treating doctor.