May we set up our own health and safety committee and manage it according to our own internal procedure?
Question: We have a robust safety representation in our business with a documented governance structure that provides workers with the ability to have a voice on health, safety and wellbeing at many levels. We have safety officers that report regularly to an health and safety committee, which then in turn monitors and reports safety issues to the executive and then to the board.
Given that we have such a structure and feel safety is well managed in the organisation, are we legally exposed by not following the OHS Act and having voted in HSRs and designated work groups?
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