COVID-19 resources for health professionals and aged care providers

COVID-19 resources for healthcare

Safe Work Australia have published a collection of resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and healthcare managers, about coronavirus (COVID-19). Click on the following COVID-19 resources link to be directed to the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Coronavirus: how to meet OHS obligations for working from home

Working from home

When working from home, employees are still covered under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), which means employers have an obligation to make sure the health and safety of their employees is maintained when they work at home. Employers should consider a range of factors including communication requirements, managing workflow, use of equipment,… Read more »

First prison sentence handed down for breach of WHS duty offence

Sparke Helmor prison sentence

Despite being available to courts for a number of decades, for the first time in any Australian jurisdiction (to Sparke Helmore’s knowledge), an individual has been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment following breaches of WHS duty provisions relating to her involvement in a 2017 workplace fatality. The sentence currently remains the subject of an appeal,… Read more »

Managing contractors in the workplace

ARE YOU COVERED?

Under the WHS Act, a worker is a person who carries out work in any capacity for a PCBU, this includes contractors and sub-contractors. While at work, a contractor must take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety, and take reasonable care that their acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health… Read more »

How do you demonstrate Due Diligence?

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In the context of work health and safety (WHS), Due Diligence means taking every precaution that is reasonable in the circumstances to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers and others who could be put at risk from work carried out as part of the business or undertaking. The intent of the positive… Read more »