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Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) have a primary duty to manage risks to health and safety. Section 19 requires PCBUs ensure the health and safety of workers while at work in the business or undertaking, as well as ensuring the health and safety of other people is not put at risk, so far as is reasonably practicable.

This includes providing:

  • a work environment without risks to health and safety
  • safe systems of work
  • information, training, instruction or supervision necessary to protect everyone from risks to their health and safety.

PCBUs must also monitor the health of workers and conditions at the workplace to prevent illness or injury.

PCBUs must consult with other involved duty holders (for example, contractors), workers and health and safety representatives (HSRs) when addressing risk factors with the potential to cause injury or illness. This means involving them when:

  • identifying and assessing the risks to health or safety in the workplace
  • making decisions about ways to eliminate or minimise risk
  • making decisions about procedures for monitoring the health of workers or conditions at the workplace or providing information and training for workers on risks and controls.

Applying risk management principles helps PCBUs prevent and manage risks to workers and eliminate or minimise hazards in the workplace.

Page last updated: 04 Jul 2017