There is quite a bit to do for the Business Owner in relation to their Primary Duty of Care and keeping their workplaces as safe as possible.

The following is section 19, directly out of the Work Health and Safety Act.

19   Primary Duty of Care

(1)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of:

  • (a)  workers engaged, or caused to be engaged by the person, and
  • (b)  workers whose activities in carrying out work are influenced or directed by the person,

while the workers are at work in the business or undertaking.

(2)  A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of other persons are not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.

(3)  Without limiting subsections (1) and (2), a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • (a)  the provision and maintenance of a work environment without risks to health and safety, and
  • (b)  the provision and maintenance of safe plant and structures, and
  • (c)  the provision and maintenance of safe systems of work, and
  • (d)  the safe use, handling, and storage of plant, structures, and substances, and
  • (e)  the provision of adequate facilities for the welfare at work of workers in carrying out work for the business or undertaking, including ensuring access to those facilities, and
  • (f)  the provision of any information, training, instruction or supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking, and
  • (g)  that the health of workers and the conditions at the workplace are monitored for the purpose of preventing illness or injury of workers arising from the conduct of the business or undertaking.

(4)  If:

  • (a)  a worker occupies accommodation that is owned by or under the management or control of the person conducting the business or undertaking, and
  • (b)  the occupancy is necessary for the purposes of the worker’s engagement because other accommodation is not reasonably available.

(5)  A self-employed person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, his or her own health and safety while at work.

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We believe the K.I.S.S. Theory. Keep It Simple, Safely! Or as simple as possible is the best way to keep all your workers safe!

This is the way we try and do all our safety systems for all our clients.

You have to work with multiple workers and contractors and the best way to keep them safe is to have basic compliant processes in place that don’t drown your workers in paperwork.

We will be posting these blogs with information directly from the codes and legislation and are also available to discuss with you at any time.

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