Workplace health and safety incidents can have a devastating impact on injured workers, their families and co-workers, and the organisation. A safe workplace is essential, and employers must abide by their duty of care to employees under all work health and safety laws.

Businesses, both large and small, must ensure the health and safety of workers engaged by it, as far as reasonably practicable. This generally extends to an organisation’s employees, contractors, outworkers, apprentices, trainees, work experience students, volunteers, and visitors.

For employees

Employers have obligations to ensure your health and safety at work, however, employees also have the obligation to take reasonable care of themselves and not do anything that would affect the health and safety of others at work.

If you have concerns about your health and safety at work, or the health and safety of others, get in touch with us to better understand where you stand – and what can be done to make you and others feel safe again.

For employers

An employer must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicably, that the health and safety of persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business.

Contacts us to better understand your obligations and how you to can ensure your business meets your duty to ensure health and safety of your people.

Managing risk in the workplace

To effectively manage and reduce risk, workplace systems and processes must achieve optimum health and safety standards. Consideration must be given to issues such as:
• ensuring a safe working environment and safe work practices, which includes the identification of health and safety hazards;
• providing adequate and accessible facilities;
• ensuring emergency plans are in place and made known to workers;
• managing risks associated with contaminants, flammables, combustibles, slips, falls, and risks associated with falling objects;
• checking equipment to ensure it is properly functioning and maintained, and replacing defective items;
• identifying new or persistent risks and implementing systems to control these; and
• educating all participants in the workplace about health and safety.

It is important that both employers and employees understand their obligations in upholding the health and safety of the workplace.

Regulation

Health and safety requirements are regulated by state and federal legislationand codes of practice. Commonwealth and State regulators are responsible for prosecuting breaches and investigating serious incidents and workplace fatalities.
These bodies also play a role in improving workplace health and safety standards and provide education and guidance to employers to assist them in meeting their legal obligations.
A breach of a work health and safety law could result in breach of contract, liability and compensation, government investigation, and/or enforcement action. Preparing for a work health and safety investigation and responding to a lawsuit can be intrusive, disruptive, and daunting.

Why choose DKL?

We have over 10 years of industry experience, so working with employment lawyers, such as DKL, helps employees and businesses proactively protect health and safety, reduce the risk of loss and injury, maintain high standards of compliance, and minimise corporate and individual liability, to keep workplaces optimised.

Call us on +61 (2) 9233 5669, email hello@dannykinglegal.com, or submit a webform to speak to one of our onboarding team about how we can get everyone back to work, and without fuss.