Work Health and Safety Duties

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011  places health and safety duties on a number of persons, such as persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), officers, workers and other persons at a workplace. Undertaking courses such as Food Safety, First Aid and Fire Warden training is an excellent way to maintain your prevent your staff and colleagues from workplace hazards.

 

In relation to workers, they must take reasonable care for their own health and safety while at work and take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons.

 

Workers must also comply, so far as they are reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction, and cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure that relates to work health or safety, that has been notified to workers i.e. a policy for all workers to attend emergency evacuation and response training, or health and safety induction refresher training on an annual basis.

 

Other persons who are at a workplace, for example visitors and patrons, must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of others. They must comply with any reasonable instruction given to them.

 

Any breaches of health and safety duties by PCBU’s, officers, workers and other persons can result in heavy penalties under the Act.

 

For more information regarding Work Health and Safety plans, click here or contact Michelle Pitman from DWS to arrange a Work Health and Safety plan for your business.