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Your OH&S obligations

Under OH&S legislation you have legal obligations to ensure the health and safety of everyone in your workplace.

8 April 2009

Your OH&S obligations

Under OH&S legislation you are obliged to provide:

  • safe premises
  • safe machinery and materials
  • safe systems of work
  • information, instruction, training and supervision
  • a suitable working environment and facilities.

If you don’t comply with these legal requirements you can be prosecuted and fined.

Workplace health and safety authorities in each state and territory and Safe Work Australia have responsibilities for enforcing the OH&S legislation. They provide information and advice on safety and health at work and education and training. You can get information about your OH&S obligations and other valuable OH&S resources both in hard copy and online from their websites.

Please note that legal obligations of employers vary according to circumstances. You may wish to seek independent legal advice on what is applicable to your situation.

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