I have come across a great article addressing the situation on whether an employer needs to provide procedures to its employees as part of their duty to provide a safe workplace.
In hindsight, this seems like the obvious and right thing to do.
It might be right ethically but an Industrial Relations Court Decision has raised many eyebrows on whether it actually needs to be done.
As you will read in this article:
From- www.stesafetyandlegal.com there has been many court rulings that have established that not having the written safety documents for the task in question are not a breach to employer obligations.
For many years it has been drilled into our many processes that a paper trail is the most reliable form of communication and is essential coming from a legal standpoint.
What we clearly see here is that, on the job training and verbal instructions are considered a more reliable source but how do you know if an employee comprehends or understands the work they are performing without the correct safety documents for reference and proof.