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Heads of Departments and Managers have specific obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015.

What are my legal obligations for workplace health and safety?

Every PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking), manager and supervisor must take reasonable precautions and exercise proper diligence to make sure the workplace and work is safe. As a manager, you are representing the worker in the work situation, and so have specific responsibilities in relation to health and safety.

These include:

  • Knowing which critical risks apply to your work area
  • Controlling risks and hazards through elimination and minimisation
  • Training and/or supervising work to ensure safety of workers
  • Reporting, recording, and investigating accidents and incidents
  • Having emergency procedures in place for all potential emergencies
  • Involve workers in health and safety

So, what is a 'workplace'?

As defined in the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015:

A workplace:

  • Means a place where work is being carried out, or is customarily carried out, for a business or undertaking
  • Includes any place where a worker goes, or is likely to be, while at work

Place includes:

  • A vehicle, vessel, aircraft, ship, or other mobile structure
  • Any waters and any installation on land, on the bed of any waters, or floating on any waters
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