Work Health and Safety 101: First Do No Harm

Practice Management and Business Skills

CPD Points 1

WHS obligations impact most businesses in Australia – and breaching these obligations can have serious consequences. This course will give you a solid grounding in the core WHS requirements to ensure you can advise your clients appropriately on these issues.

The Model WHS Laws have now been adopted in almost every State and Territory. The impact of the WHS Laws is far-reaching – affecting most businesses, organisations, workers, directors and officers. The consequences for breaching these obligations are also very serious – particularly for committing offences such as industrial manslaughter.

This course provides an overview of the WHS Laws in Australia, outlining the core requirements applicable in each jurisdiction that has adopted the Model WHS Laws. The course will equip you to understand:

  • The current WHS regulatory environment in Australia;
  • The core obligations placed on businesses, organisations, workers and officers under the WHS Act;
  • The potential penalties which can be imposed for breaches of the WHS Act;
  • The recent movement to emphasise accountability for workplace safety through the adoption of industrial manslaughter laws;

The practical application of WHS duties to contemporary workplace hazards such as COVID-19.

Published: March 2022

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LawCPD Author: Cara Leavesley

Cara Leavesley

Cara is a senior workplace relations lawyer and Senior Counsel at 3D HR Legal, an award winning employment law firm.

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