They aim to secure the workplace health, safety and welfare of employees.
They aim to protect persons at or near workplaces from risks to health and safety arising out of work activities.
They aim to diffuse legitimate compensation claims
They aim to ensure that expert occupational health and safety advice is available to employers and contractors.
They aim to promote work environments that are adapted to the health and safety needs of employees
They aim to increase the susceptibility of employees and employers to injury at work
They aim to foster cooperation and consultation between employers and employees on matters related to employee health, safety and welfare.
Physical stress can be caused by bad furniture or by bad use of good furniture and leads to absences due to musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck pain or upper limb problems.
Employees should arrange their working environment so that it is comfortable and ergonomically sound, for example ensuring that seats are properly adjusted.
Workers who spend a lot of time working at a computer should make sure that the monitor and keyboard are comfortably placed.
Ergonomic keyboards can be useful, making it unnecessary for workers to take regular breaks to reduce eye-strain and headaches.
Codes of practice
Occupational health and safety legislation
You need to know how the privacy act of 2001 impacts on the information you can gather and record and the methods you can use to access and disseminate patient information.
You need to be aware that it is necessary for health workers to disclose information to close relatives about a client even if there is no enduring power of attorney.
You need to be aware of the 10 National Privacy Principles which must be applied within a workplace when personal information is being collected.
You need to be aware that no person has the right to anonymity (namelessness or hidden identity)
They cannot be used as defence against allegations of negligence, improper treatment or omissions of treatment.
Medical records are the principle tool used by all members of the health care team to plan, document and store information on patient care.
Documentation provides legal proof of the nature and quality of care the patient receives.
Medical practitioners and health care workers have a legal duty to maintain medical records in accordance with clinical practice standards and state and federal laws.
Patient ID number
Health fund code