Legal responsibility for maintaining a safe workplace

Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 (Queensland)

In Queensland, the principal piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety issues is the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995. This Act provides a framework to promote and protect all people in Queensland whose health and safety may be affected by workplaces, by work, by workplace activities, and by specified high risk plant.

Every person associated with a workplace, in any way, is obliged to ensure his or her safety, and the health and safety of others.

The Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 provides that workplace health and safety should be achieved by:

In other words, risk management is a core component of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995!

To reinforce and assist this risk management approach, the Workplace Health and Safety Act:

The Minister for Employment, Training and Industrial Relations is responsible for the administration of the Act. However, the legislation is administered by the Division of Workplace Health and Safety within the Department of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations (DETIR).

Note: Except for those who live in Queensland, you should research the laws relating to Workplace Health and Safety in your own state or nation.

The following information about Workplace Health and Safety legislation pertains to Queensland and is provided as an example.

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