Hi Bare Bones Consulting, I know employers have a duty of care but I’m wondering exactly what these “duties” encompass?
Great question! Let’s start with the definition, provide a link to the key legislation (for the nerds) then provide some suggestions on practical starting points to meeting your duty of care obligations.
What does “duty of care” mean?
Employer duty of care refers to the legal obligations to take reasonable care to ensure the health and safety of everyone in a workplace, including visitors.
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers. It also protects the health and safety of others who might be affected by the work your business does. All workers are protected by the WHS Act
What’s required to meet you employer duty of care?
To meet your duty of care, you must:
Where do I start in the whole “duty of care” thing?
WorkSafe Queensland recommends employers ask 7 questions to create a safer and healthier business:
Got an example?
Let’s take one of the above questions and expand a little:
Am I providing a safe working environment?
A safe working environment means:
Where can I go for information on work health and safety?
WorkSafe Queensland is the official home of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland as well as Electrical Safety Office, Workers’ Compensation Regulatory Services and WorkCover Queensland. It’ shared purpose is to provide information and services for work health and safety and workers’ compensation in Queensland.
Even if you’re self-employed, you’re legally responsible for the health and safety of yourself and everyone who visits your place of work. This includes workers, clients, visitors and volunteers.
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