WHS at Council

Forbes Shire Council is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for everyone including officials, contractors and the community. Our focus is firmly on:
  • Safe behaviours and decisions every day
  • Positive safety communication and culture
  • Embedded risk management and WHS management framework 
  • Health and wellbeing for all staff and the community
  • Proactive injury management and return to work 
Council has an obligation to ensure that people and the natural environment are not exposed to hazards or damage and that a safe workplace is provided for all workers where Council has direct control over the activities so far as is reasonably practicable.

Our Safety Management System is designed to ensure that our workplace is healthy and safe and that incidents are prevented. We are all responsible to adhere to safe systems of work and take reasonable care not to expose ourselves, others or the environment to unnecessary risk.

The Safety Management System is designed to comply with AS 4801 and includes:
  • Appropriate policies and supporting procedures
  • Consultative processes framed around continuous improvement
  • Systems to implement our procedural requirements 
  • Health Safety Representative (HSRs) for all workgroups and projects
  • Internal scrutiny and reporting of our systems and the results they produce
  • Periodic review of the effectiveness of our efforts by our leaders
For further information please refer to:
Safework Australia  
Safework NSW  

Council’s Life Preserving Rules provide guidance on the eleven core areas to keep our operations and community safe at all times:
Life Preserving Rules