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Promoting health and safety

Preventing harm in the workplace, keeping employees healthy and safe at work, and reducing the number and severity of incidents, is at the very heart of what Comcare is about. It is important work and we take it seriously.

Persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) have a duty of care under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011(Cth) (WHS Act) to ensure the health and safety of workers. This means eliminating or minimising physical and psychosocial risks to health and safety.

Creating a workplace free of risks

Employers and PCBUs must provide a work environment free of risks to health and safety, safe systems of work, information, training, instruction or supervision, and also monitor the health of workers and workplace conditions. This means pro-actively identifying any hazards and then developing a strategic approach to reduce or eliminate them.

Central to any strategy should be consultation with employees, where they provide their input on perceived risks and how they could be avoided.

Psychosocial health risks

Identifying physical safety issues is usually fairly straightforward, but how do you spot psychosocial health risks workers face?

Psychosocial hazards relate to the design, organisation and management of work, and its social and environmental context, that can cause psychological, social or physical harm.Psychological injury claims are a significant driver of workers' compensation premiums and other costs for organisations, and it is in the interests of PCBUs and employers to talk to workers and find out where the problem areas are and together develop solutions to combat them.

Page last updated: 05 Apr 2016