January 24, 2015

What is workplace health and safety?

Creating a safe work environment is critical to the success of your business, and is one of the best ways to retain staff and maximise productivity.

As a business owner, you have responsibilities regarding health and safety in your workplace.

Knowing and understanding the WHS laws will help you avoid unnecessary costs and damage to your business caused by workplace injury and illness.

WHS is integral to good business management.

If you’re looking for assistance with WHS requirements specific to your industry, Masula Compliance can provide you with valuable information and guidance.

Your WHS obligations

Under WHS legislation you are obliged to provide:

  • safe premises
  • safe machinery and materials
  • safe systems of work
  • information, instruction, training and supervision
  • a suitable working environment and facilities

Complying with these duties can prevent you from being prosecuted and fined.

WHS authorities in each state and territory and Safe Work Australia have responsibilities for enforcing the WHS legislation. You can get information about your workplace health and safety obligations and other valuable resources from their websites.

Please note that legal obligations of employers vary according to circumstances. You may wish to seek independent legal advice on what is applicable to your situation.

Useful Work Health and Safety Websites

Safe Work Australia http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/SWA
Comcare http://www.comcare.gov.au/
WorkCover Queensland https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/
Queensland Dept of Natural Resources and Mines https://www.dnrm.qld.gov.au/
NSW WorkCover http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
NSW Trade & Investment Resources & Energy http://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/miners-and-explorers/safety-and-health
Victorian WorkCover Authority http://www.vwa.vic.gov.au/
Energy Safe Victoria http://www.esv.vic.gov.au/
WorkSafe ACT http://www.worksafe.act.gov.au/health_safety
SafeWork SA http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/
WorkSafe WA http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/WorkSafe/
WA Department of Mines and Petroleum http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/
NT WorkSafe http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/home.aspx
WorkSafe Tasmania http://www.worksafe.tas.gov.au/home