Workplace health and safety laws
The purpose of laws and legislative instruments in workplace health and safety in Queensland is to enable protection of health, safety and welfare of all workers.
Acts and Regulations passed by the Queensland Parliament in relation to workplace health and safety.
Definitions of terms used within Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).
Work health and safety (WHS) and Electrical Safety (ES) laws require a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to ensure the health and safety of their workers while at work.
Officers of corporations and unincorporated bodies, like clubs and associations, need to exercise due diligence to ensure they meet work health and safety and electrical safety obligations.
Check the penalties for workplace health and safety breaches, including information on categories of offences, on-the-spot fines, and failure to pay fines.
The rights and duties of work health and safety entry permit holders to enter workplaces regarding work health and safety matters.
There is a requirement for duty holders to consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with others who have a duty in relation to the same matter; and to consult with workers who carry out work for the business or undertaking.
Responsibilities and obligations exist for different industries and type of organisation to ensure Workplace health and safety laws in Queensland are followed.
Safety at public events is the responsibility of the individual or group conducting the event. Many public events are commercial enterprises, such as speedway racing, professionally run sporting events, animal races and music festivals, and involve inherent risks outside those usually encountered through work.
- Last updated
- 02 July 2018
Codes of Practice are now an enforceable standard to manage hazards and risks
A Work Health and Safety inspector may refer to an approved code of practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice.
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