State legislation that provides for the health and safety of workers is the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000.

National Harmonisation of occupational health & safety will commence in January 2012 under the Work Health and Safety Act.

Regulations may prescribe specific requirements of the Act.

Approved Codes of Practice (COP) provide a practical guide to achieving the standard of safety required by the Act and Regulations for a particular area of work. Failure to observe a relevant COP can be used as evidence for failure to comply with the Act or Regulations.


The Employer

Must ensure the health safety and welfare at work of all employees of the employer and others in the place of work.
Supervisors (Includes Managers, Team Leaders and Foremen)
Ensure all persons in your area of responsibility:

  • Have been inducted to the Company’s requirements
  • Have the required competencies to perform their duties effectively and safely
  • Perform work duties according to Company Guidelines
  • Have been provided with adequate information, instruction, training and supervision


  • Must take reasonable care for the health and safety of people who are at the employee’s place of work and who may be affected by the employee’s acts or omission at work.
  • Are to cooperate with their employer in OHS matters
  • Are to report new hazards
  • Are to wear supplied PPE
  • Are to notify the Supervisor of any injuries