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Workplace Health & Safety (WHS)

This chapter covers the regulatory role of Worksafe Tasmania, the duties of employees and employers, and an explanation of what the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 covers.


Many thanks to Samantha Clarke who co-authored this chapter.

Work Safety – a general overview

There are extensive materials on work place safety available on the Worksafe Tasmania website. These materials cover topics from asbestos removal to volunteers. There is also general information on duty of care, consultation changes, health and safety representatives, discriminatory conduct, offe...

Worksafe Tasmania

WorkSafe Tasmania is an amalgamation of Workplace Standards and WorkCover Tasmania and is responsible for regulating workplace standards.  Its aim is to reduce workplace related injury, disease, and death through better safety and health procedures, and the regulation of the rehabilitation proces...

Duties of business owners/employers and officers

The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (WHS Act) uses the term 'person conducting a business or undertaking' (PCBU) in place of employer. We will use the term 'employer' for readability. The bulk of this section is reproduced from the Guide to Work Health and Safety Act 2012. The WHS Act cover...

Duties of employees and others

Duties of workers (section 28) While at work, workers must: take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions or omissions comply, so far as they are reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction given by the employer to allow...

Page last updated 19/03/2018

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