You might not realise it, but as a body corporate committee member, you’re running a business – managing levy funds, hiring contactors, directing volunteer workers, and more.
And all business owners have legal obligations under The Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Ignoring these responsibilities can personally cost you tens of thousands – if not millions – of dollars in fines. That’s the bad news.
The good news is you can protect yourself and your committee with one simple (and inexpensive) step.
To satisfy all legal requirements, your body corporate needs to show it has identified and addressed any work place risks. The best and most cost effective way to do this to have an annual Work Health and Safety Inspection and Report by a qualified person holding a Certificate IV in Workplace Health and Safety.
A Work Health and Safety Inspector is trained to identify the risks around your body corporate and make recommendations on how to reduce or eliminate them.
Act, don’t react! The body corporate must:
The results of ignoring this obligation can be devastating. If the body corporate is found to have engaged in conduct that recklessly exposes a person to a risk of death, serious injury or illness, (or fails to comply with its Work Health and Safety duty), it is considered by law to be a criminal offence and can attract fines anywhere between $50,000 and $3 million.
Safety First! If your body corporate has not had its annual safety inspection, the first step is to contact your SSKB Community Manager who can help you get the process underway. Details of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 can be located at https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au