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Work Health and Safety Board and committees

The Work Health and Safety Board and its committees are established under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to enable industry consultation about work health and safety.

Work Health and Safety Board

We're the peak advisory body to the Queensland Government on work health and safety matters. Our primary function is to give advice and make recommendations to the Minister about policies, strategies, allocation of resources and legislative arrangements for work health and safety.

To support us in doing this, we consult with employers, workers and their representative organisations, as well as the work health and safety community to get industry feedback.

We also promote work health and safety to industry and the community to encourage a healthy and safe culture at places of work.

Read our five-year strategic plan for improving work health and safety in Queensland. It details key focus areas and initiatives for healthy, safe and productive work for all Queenslanders.

Each year we deliver an update on our progress against the five-year strategic plan.

Our Chairperson and members are skilled and experienced in the management of work health and safety. Appointed by the Minister, they equally represent workers and employers. Read about our current Work Health and Safety Board members.

We're supported by the following six industry sector standing committees.

Industry sector standing committees

We include:

  • Construction Industry Sector Standing Committee
  • Health and Community Services Industry Sector Standing Committee
  • Manufacturing Industry Sector Standing Committee
  • Retail and Wholesale Industry Sector Standing Committee (incorporating hospitality, recreation and other services)
  • Rural Industry Sector Standing Committee
  • Transport and Storage Industry Sector Standing Committee.

Our primary function is to give industry-specific advice and make recommendations to the Work Health and Safety Board about work health and safety in our respective industry sectors. Our key focus is supporting the implementation of the Board’s five-year strategic plan and developing responses to work health and safety issues faced by our industry sectors.

We use our industry networks to consult on industry-specific work health and safety issues and to promote and distribute work health and safety information.

Our Chairperson and members are skilled and experienced in the management of work health and safety. Appointed by the Minister, they equally represent workers and employers.

Consultative committee for work-related fatalities and serious incidents

Our purpose is to provide:

  • advice and recommendations to the Minister about the information and support needs of people impacted by work-related deaths, serious incidents and illness
  • a forum where Queenslanders impacted by work-related deaths, serious incidents and illness can connect and share information.

The committee is established under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and its members are appointed by the Minister.

If you have suffered as a result of a work-related fatality or serious injury, you can direct message a request to join a closed support group via our Support for families of workplace fatalities, illness and injuries Facebook page.

You can also contact us by emailing ohs.consultativecommittee@oir.qld.gov.au or calling us on 0436 619 196.

Read about our current Consultative committee for work-related fatalities and serious incidents committee members.

We would like to acknowledge our previous committee members:

  • Paul Bailey
  • Jen Beveridge
  • Rachel Blee
  • Kevin Fuller
  • Bill Martin
  • Jo Ufer.