Ensure a safe workplace Part 3 of 4

Learning Outcome

In this third part you will learn about employers' responsibilities to ensure a safe workplace under the Work, Health and Safety Act..

  • Section 1: How the Law is constructed?
  • Section 2: What are employers' responsibilities under the Act?
  • Section 3: What is due diligence?

Section 1 - The Law Construct

Act, Regulations, Codes of Practice and Standards & Guidelines

The Law Pyramid

The Law Pyramid shows how the Law is constructed

The Act sets out the regulations, which represent the minimum requirements that must be fulfilled. These regulations are based on approved code of practice, which every workplace should have in place. These practices are normally derived from standards and guidelines that are not usually referenced in the legislation, as they tend to be more specific to a given context or environment.

Section 2: Employers' Responsibilities

What should employers do to ensure a safe workplace?

Employers' Duties under the Act

  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment
  • Provide and maintain plant, equipment and substances in a safe condition
  • Provide personal protective equipment as required
  • Consult with workers and their representatives
  • Provide adequate facilities such as toilets, meals areas and first aid
  • Provide information, instruction, supervision and training
  • Monitor work conditions and the health and welfare of workers

... and that's not all

Watch the video below to learn more about further responsibilities.

Question: What examples do you see that demonstrate your employer's commitment to ensuring safety at your workplace?

Section 3: Due Diligence

Within the context of ensuring a safe workplace, an employer's due diligence should include the following:

  • Acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge of Work, Health and Safety
  • Gain understanding of the nature of the business processes and the risks and hazards associated with them
  • Have and use resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks
  • Have processes for responding to information on incidents, hazards and risks
  • Comply with any duty or obligation under the Act
Question: Does your employer do all of that? Give examples!


In this part you have learned about the Law construct, the employers' responsibilities to ensure a safe workplace and what due diligence means.

You have concluded Part 3 of this introduction. Click the button below to go to Part 4, where you will learn about employers responsibilities under the Work, Health and Safety Act.


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