Workplace Health & Safety

Workplace Health & Safety rules and expectations provide a framework to protect the workplace health, safety and welfare of all workers and all other people who might be affected by the work.

General Health and Safety Obligations

To understand your obligations and safety requirements you must be familiar with the:

National Work Health and Safety Act 2011, which imposes obligations on people at workplaces to ensure workplace health and safety

WH&S Codes of Practice which are designed to give practical advice about ways to manage exposure to risks common to industry.

Every Queensland employer must have workers’ compensation insurance. Most employers insure with WorkCover Queensland, while a small number of large organisations have their own insurance. This insurance coverage ensures that employees injured at work receive financial support.

What you must do – managing risk

Risks must be assessed and control measures then implemented and reviewed to prevent or minimise exposure to the risks.

If the regulation describes how to prevent or minimise a risk at your workplace you must do what the regulation says. If there is a code of practice that describes how to prevent or minimise a risk at your workplace you must do what the code says or adopt and follow another way that gives the same level of protection against the risk.

If there is no regulation or code of practice about a risk at your workplace you must choose an appropriate way to manage exposure to the risk. People must, where there is no regulation or code of practice about a risk, take reasonable precautions and exercise proper diligence against the risk.

Risk Management

  • To properly manage exposure to risks, a person must:
  • Look for the hazards
  • Determine who might be harmed and how
  • Decide on control measures
  • Put controls in place
  • Review the controls

Control measures should be implemented in the following order:

  • Get rid of the harm or prevent the risk … if this is not possible, then …
  • Replace with something less harmful
  • Separate people from the harm
  • Change work processes or the physical work environment, for example, by redesigning work, plant, equipment, components or premises
  • Apply administrative arrangements, for example, limit entry or time spent in a hazardous area
  • Use personal protective equipment

Workplace Health & Safety Queensland

Workplace Health & Safety Queensland 

One stop shop for all information about Heath & Safety in Queensland workplaces.

Guide to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Guide to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

This guide provides an overview of the Queensland Work Health and  Act 2011 (WHS Act). It is designed to help people understand their  health and safety duties and rights in the workplace. 

It also provides information on:

  • the requirements for consultation between business operators, worker representatives and workers;
  • the notification of incidents; enforcement procedures;
  • what constitutes an offence under the WHS Act and the range of penalties that apply.
Rural Guide to the WHS Laws

Rural guide to the WHS laws

This guide provides an overview for the rural industry about the Queensland Work Health and  Act 2011 (WHS Act). It is designed to help people understand their health and safety duties and rights in the workplace.

WH&S and Volunteers

WH&S and Volunteers

Everyone has a right to be safe at work, including volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in communities across Australia and make significant contributions by carrying out unpaid work for a variety of organisations every day.

The information on the website outlines ways volunteers can meet their work health and safety duties and explains what volunteers can expect from the organisations they volunteer for. It also provides information for organisations that employ workers and engage volunteers and how the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws apply to them.

WH&S Planning Guide

WH&S Planning Guide

The steps to implementing a workplace health & safety culture in your workplace.

Managing Risk

Managing Risk

The WHS legislation requires persons who conduct a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to manage all work health and safety risks, so that the health and safety of workers and other people are not affected by an organisation’s conduct.

In Safe Hands toolkit
  • Do you want to find out how to meet your ‘duty of care’ obligations to your volunteers?

Is managing safety an area you find confusing and difficult? If you answered ‘YES’ to either of these questions then the In Safe Hands Toolkit is for you. Community organisations (e.g. Landcare) throughout Australia make a significant contribution to the health and restoration of the natural environment.  The volunteers within these organisations require appropriate management with respect to safety on activities.


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