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Employee health and safety 


It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that employees are safe in the workplace. Knowing and understanding the Occupational Health and Safety laws will help you avoid the unnecessary costs and damage to your business caused by workplace injury and illness.

All employees

It is important to inform all employees about the health and safety requirements in your workplace.  It is part of the occupational health and safety responsibilities and obligations for employers and employees. 

Duty of care in the workplace

Each person has a duty of care to ensure their action, or failure to take action, does not harm others.

As an employer, your duty of care extends to ensuring that all employees 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 are required.

New employees

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 (new and long standing) employees have the required experience and are familiar with safety procedures even if they have worked in similar jobs or workplaces.

Migrant workers

Managing safety and health issues for migrant workers should be considered within the context of health and safety management for all workers. As an employer you have a general duty to provide and maintain, as far as practical, a working environment where workers are not exposed to hazards.

Issues to consider for migrant workers may include:

  • language barriers;

  • cultural or religious differences;

  • literacy difficulties;

  • limited knowledge of local legislation and safety standards; and

  • reluctance to engage with authority figures.

WorkCover WA is the government agency responsible for overseeing the workers' compensation and injury management system in Western Australia. Your legal obligations to employees and other workers will depend on which labour relations system your business falls under.

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Important information
For information about your occupational health and safety obligations and requirements contact Worksafe on 1300 307 877or commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe for guidance.

Worksafe also have important information relating to bullying and violence in the workplace available on their website.

You can find easy-to-use guides on the Publications for Employers section of the WorkCover website, including: