Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)

(Previously known as Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace)

Under the Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) legislation, previously known as Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S or OHS), an employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace for its employees. This is called the employer’s ‘duty of care’, which includes a self-employed person, and extends to visitors of the employer's workplace. Employees also have responsibilities under WHS legislation. These obligations can vary from state to state according to legislation, however there are some general obligations worth noting for both employers and employees.

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