- The Victorian OH&S Act 2004 and 2014 regulations constitute the main legislative framework for injury prevention in the workplace.
- The purpose of the Act and Regulation is to ensure workplace health and safety with an emphasis on risk management and consultation.
- Compliance codes provide practical guidance to those who have duties or obligations under the OHS Act. They aim to provide easy to understand information on how to comply.
- This information, if applied appropriately, will mean those who follow it are deemed to have complied with their obligations under the OHS Act.
Duties of employers:
The employer is responsible for:
- Maintaining places of work, under the employer’s control, in a safe condition and ensuring safe entrances and exits;
- Making arrangements to ensure the safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant and substances;
- Providing and maintaining systems of work and working environments that are safe and without risks to health;
- Providing the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure health and safety at work; and.
- Providing adequate facilities for the welfare of employees ensuring consultation with employees.
Duties of employees:
- Take reasonable care for the health and safety of themselves and others at the workplace; and.
- Cooperate with their employer to enable compliance with the OHS legislation.
Everyone at the workplace must:
- Not interfere with or misuse items provided for health, safety and welfare purposes;
- Not hinder aid to an injured worker; and.
- Not disrupt the workplace by creating health or safety fears.
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