Know your Workplace Health and Safety obligations

In terms of Workplace Health and Safety, both the employer and the employee has an obligation to ensure a safe work environment.

As an employer you have an obligation to ensure the workplace health and safety of all workers whether they are employees or contractors of your business. You are also responsible to ensure the health and safety of other persons, such as visitors, is not put at risk by the activities of your business.

Employees must take reasonable care for their own health and safety to ensure any acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons in the workplace. Employees are also required to comply with any reasonable safety related instruction given by their employer and are required to cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure relating to health and safety in the workplace.

Some of the areas employers should consider when reviewing health and safety include the work environment, work systems, plant and structures, substances that are used or stored, as well as providing adequate information, instruction, training and supervision for work to be carried out safely.

If you are interested in reviewing your company’s health and safety, an excellent starting point is the Worksafe Queensland website and its ‘Serious about safe business’ pack and tool kit. If you require assistance, contact Industryus HR on 1300 15 10 11 or send us an email.

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