The principal object of the Health and Safety at work Act 2015 is to take all practicable steps to prevent harm to employees at work. To do this it imposes duties on, and promotes excellent health and safety management by, employers. It also provides for the making of regulations and codes of practice.
(1)A duty imposed on a person by or under this Act requires the person—
(2)A person must comply with subsection (1) to the extent to which the person has, or would reasonably be expected to have, the ability to influence and control the matter to which the risks relate.
(1)A PCBU must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of—(a)workers who work for the PCBU, while the workers are at work in the business or undertaking; and
(2)A PCBU must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of other persons is not put at risk from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.
(3)Without limiting subsection (1) or (2), a PCBU must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable,—
(4)Subsection (5) applies if—
(5)The PCBU must, so far as is reasonably practicable, maintain the accommodation so that the worker is not exposed to risks to his or her health and safety arising from the accommodation.
(6)A PCBU who is a self-employed person must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, his or her own health and safety while at work.
Compare: Model Work Health and Safety Act (Aust) s 19
The notification to the Department of Labour applies to:
Every occurrence of serious harm to an employee at work, or the occurrence of serious harm as a result of any hazard to which the employee was exposed while at work, in the employment of the employer; and Accidents of a kind or description required by regulations.