Working safely in community services

How to manage occupational health and safety (OHS) in community services organisations.


What it contains

This document outlines how community services organisations can plan and consult with employees to manage OHS issues. It features checklists and tools to develop health and safety management plans, and explains:

  • how OHS laws apply to community services organisations
  • how to manage OHS in the workplace
  • topics to address in the workplace such as manual handling, hazardous substances, infectious diseases, bullying, occupational violence, work-related stress, home visits, caring for children in the workplace, and first aid
  • how to manage accidents and claims

Checklists and tools include:

  • checklist to write an OHS policy or procedure
  • sample OHS induction for employees and volunteers
  • sample risk assessment and risk control work sheets
  • manual handling work sheets
  • checklists for OHS inspection
  • checklist for emergency evacuation
  • checklist for occupational violence
  • checklist for off-site work safety and security
  • checklist for transport safety
  • checklist to assessment first aid needs
  • establishing a hazardous substances (chemicals) register