Duty of care
It is important to address your duty of care in the induction process. Each person has a duty to ensure their action, or failure to take action, does not harm others. It is part of the occupational health and safety responsibilities and obligations for employers and employees. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that employees are safe in the workplace.
As an employer, your duty of care extends to ensuring that your employees (new and long standing) are aware of:
any risks to their health and safety;
the procedures that are in place to ensure they do not suffer injury or illness while at work; and
any instructions and relevant protective equipment that is are provided.
New employees are most at risk of being injured, primarily due to a lack of experience or familiarity with your workplace and processes.
Make sure that you or experienced staff members provide proper training and supervise the new employee until you are confident that they are competent enough to be left unattended or unsupervised.
Make sure that your employees have the required experience or are familiar with safety procedures even if they have worked in similar jobs or workplaces.
It is important to inform all employees about the health and safety requirements in your workplace.
For information about your occupational health and safety obligations and requirements contact Worksafe on 1300 307 877 or commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe