Work Health and Safety

The main object of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act) which adopted the national Model Work Health and Safety Bill (as at June 2011), provides for a balanced and nationally consistent framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces by:

  • protecting workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety and welfare through the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from work or from specified types of substances or plant
  • providing for fair and effective workplace representation, consultation, co-operation and issue resolution in relation to work health and safety
  • encouraging unions and employer organisations to take a constructive role in promoting improvements in work health and safety practices, and assisting persons conducting businesses or undertakings and workers to achieve a healthier and safer working environment
  • promoting the provision of advice, information, education and training in relation to work health and safety
  • securing compliance with the WHS Act through effective and appropriate compliance and enforcement measures
  • ensuring appropriate scrutiny and review of actions taken by persons exercising powers and performing functions under the WHS Act
  • providing a framework for continuous improvement and progressively higher standards of work health and safety
  • maintaining and strengthening the national harmonisation of laws relating to work health and safety and to facilitate a consistent national approach to work health and safety in NSW

At Stacks Goudkamp you can draw on our capability, knowledge and expertise regarding work health and safety issues, including:

  • Health and safety duties for persons conducting the business or undertaking
  • Health and safety duties encompassing the primary duty of care, management or control of other duties, issues around reasonable practicability, general duties of officers (senior management), general duties of workers and others, and multiple duty holders
  • Work health and safety information, training and instruction
  • Work health and safety risk management policies, procedures and systems for the purposes of identifying, assessing, controlling and reviewing hazards and risks in the workplace
  • Breaches of work health and safety duties
  • Work health and safety compliance and enforcement obligations