What is Workplace Health and Safety or Occupational Health and safety?
OHS is concerned with:
Accidents in businesses can affect overall vitality, stability, and success and should be avoided at all costs.
Laws and regulations impose obligations on people who have the capacity to affect the workplace health and safety of others by what they do or fail to do.
If these obligations are breached they can cause:
Am I as an employee covered by a Workplace Health and Safety Act?
Workers have the right to:
The laws aim to prevent employees being killed, injured or contracting an illness by preventing or minimising exposure to risk.
If hazards are eliminated or at least controlled to an acceptable level, then the root cause of the problem will be managed and workers’ health will be protected.
Do the laws apply to you?
The laws differ between each state and territory in Australia. They are wide and can apply to: