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OHS responsibilities: An employer’s guide

workplace health and safety

Knowing the range of your Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) responsibilities is the cornerstone of running a successful and compliant business. An employer’s OHS responsibilities are concerned with protecting and ensuring the safety, health and welfare of workers.

OHS responsibilities: Know the legislation

In Australia, there are different laws and regulations which govern the OHS responsibilities of employers in each state. The relevant legislation across the states dictate key principles, duties and rights associated with occupational health and safety.

Unless you are able to apply and understand the obligations imposed on employers by the various pieces of OHS legislation, you are not fully minimising your business’ risk.

Health doesn’t merely mean keeping your employees free from physical injury; it encompasses protecting employers from emotional and mental illnesses incurred while at work. This means maintaining (as reasonably practicable) a workplace free from undue stress.

OHS responsibilities: Noncompliance – what is the risk?

Did you know that a breach of OHS legislation can result in criminal sanctions being imposed, some of which can include imprisonment? This is why it is of utmost importance to get it right the first time.

Have you recently …

  1. Conducted a risk assessment of your workplace premises, including any machinery that might be used by employees?
  2. Checked if you are providing safe systems of work?
  3. Checked if you are providing a suitable working environment and facilities?

As well as providing a workplace free from risks to health and safety, have you provided your employees with information, training, instruction and the relevant tools to work in a safe manner and respond when a risk presents itself?

Why is it so important to get it right?

As well as finding the employing company liable for breach of OHS legislation, a manager can be found personally liable for failing to ensure a safe working environment for employees.

If you need guidance on any of the issues above contact HR Assured on 1300 345 875 for a free initial consultation. We partner with employers to help them to manage their people and minimise their risk.