Employers have rights and responsibilities regarding workplace health and safety. A duty of care exists to provide for the protection to the health, safety and welfare of workers and others within a workplace.
An employers' responsibility includes:
Employers have a right to:
Employers must arrange a workers' compensation policy if they employ a worker. A worker is a natural person who, under contract or agreement of any kind, performs work or a service of any kind for another person.
Individual contractors employed by you are also workers unless the person:
Or, the person has a personal services business determination in effect under section 87-60 of the 'Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth)'.
Employers also have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to provide an injured worker with suitable employment and must as far as practicable participate in efforts to retrain the injured worker.
The following measures can assist businesses to keep their workplace safe.
Providing the correct training and supervision allows workers to do their jobs properly and safely. Induction, site and task specific training must be given to a worker when they first start work and at a minimum cover the following:
Supervision is required to ensure health and safety in the workplace. The level of supervision required depends on the age and experience of the worker and the hazards associated with their tasks. Young and inexperience workers in general will require a higher level of supervision.
Employers who consult with their workers will gain a better idea of the hazards that are present in their workplace. It is also a requirement under legislation to consult with workers when making decisions that will affect their health or safety in the workplace.
Consulting with workers on health and safety issues demonstrates a employers commitment to heath and safety and will encourage workers to communicate health and safety issues.
Employers should assess the risk to health and safety in their workplace by:
Setting up a procedure for workers to report safety issues, hazards, incidents, injuries and illnesses will assist an employer by:
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