Work Health and Safety Update: Prosecutions of Officers

Recent cases have shown a clear trend towards harsher penalties for individuals and companies who fail to comply with their duties under workplace health and safety (WHS) laws. To date, the national harmonisation process has led to the Model WHS Act being implemented in all jurisdictions except Victoria and Western Australia. Are you aware of your duty under these laws to eliminate or minimise WHS risks? Your duties under WHS Laws – PCBUs and officers Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (WHS Act), a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) has a duty to eliminate or minimise workplace health and safety risks. A PCBU may be a corporation, partnership, unincorporated asso

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