As explained by Comcare, the statutory authority of the Australian Federal Government, the importance of evolving your WHS strategy is due to:
It’s the law - Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (WHS Regulations), a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has a duty of care to maintain the safety of their workers and third parties that are engaged to perform work.
As an employer, your duty of care includes providing:
- A physical and psychosocial work environment without risks to health and safety;
- Safe systems of work; and
- Information, training, instruction or supervision necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety.
You must also consult with other involved duty holders (for example, contractors, workers and health and safety representatives) when addressing risk factors.
- This includes involving them when:
- Identifying and assessing the risks to health and safety in the workplace;
- Making decisions about ways to eliminate or minimise risks; and
- Making decisions about procedures for monitoring the health and safety of workers or conditions at the workplace or providing information and training for workers on risks and controls.