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WHS Policy


Federal and state workplace health and safety laws require employers to provide their workers with a safe working environment. This policy can assist an employer in meeting their legal requirements. Employers also owe their workers a duty of care to protect them from injury and harm. A policy can assist an employer in discharging their duty of care and minimising the risk of a workers compensation claim. A policy may assist to create a positive, healthy and low risk workplace.

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This is an essential document for any business. It will help define a standard of conduct for employees and maintain a safe and healthy working environment.

This policy outlines:

  • employer obligations to maintain and implement WHS standards
  • staff obligations to comply with WHS standards
  • responsibilities and processes for reporting WHS issues
  • protocol for alcohol and drug usage
  • smoking protocols
  • dress code and hygiene requirements
  • first aid and WHS officers
  • a process for investigating hazards
  • a working from process
  • the process for dealing with injuries

A workplace health and safety policy is not simply a mission statement. You must actively comply with your obligations and take steps to ensure staff comply with their obligations.

This policy is succinct and based on general legal requirements. You may need to seek legal advice to tailor the policy to your specific industry or business. This policy is also based on current legal standards and definitions, which may change over time. In addition to the policy, you must implement comprehensive safe work practices relevant to your specific industry and business. Industry codes of practice exist and are available via Safe Work Australia.

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