The Work Health and Safety Act and the Business Owner
The Work Health and Safety Act of 2011 creates a framework to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all workers at their place of work. It also protects the health and safety of all other people “affected by the work”. This broad web thus includes customers, adjacent businesses, and even people passing by in the street outside.
Australia’s Health Act of 2016 says a person’s health and well-being depend on two general factors. These are ‘determinants’ (things that influence health) along with ‘interventions’ and the required resources (what can be done to improve a person’s health).”
This, in a nutshell, is the responsibility of the following organizations:
- Self-Employed People
- Sole traders
- Unincorporated Associations
- Government Departments
- Public authorities
- Municipal councils
Classification of ‘Worker Under the Work Health and Safety Act
The act defines the following categories of people as workers under its protection:
- Apprentices and trainees
- Work experience students
- Employers who perform work.
General Duties of the Employer Under the Work Health and Safety Act
Employers shall take reasonable health and safety precautions (inter alia the following) and be able to demonstrate that they have done so.
- Acquire and update their knowledge of health and safety matters.
- Understand the operations being carried out by the person conducting the business or undertaking in which they are employed, and the hazards and risks associated with the operations.
- Ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has, and uses, appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks arising from work carried out.
- Ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has appropriate processes in place to receive and respond promptly to information regarding incidents, hazards, and risks.
- Ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has, and uses, processes for complying with duties or obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act) and for verifying compliance with those duties.
How QLD Diamond Security Can Help You Through This Maze
It’s virtually impossible for a small-to-medium business owner/manager to keep their fingers on all these health and safety tabs while doing their regular job. Moreover, there’s the problem of knowing the place so well you overlook the obvious.
We have skilled observers on our team. They have learned the trick of not hearing what people say, but observing what they actually do. Please follow this link if you would like to know more about our health and safety audit service with full documentation. Alternatively, call 1800 553 788 or email [email protected] to arrange a consultation.