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Workplace Health & Safety Due Diligence

Examination of obligations under health and safety legislation.

  • Started 2 May
  • 1,500 Papua New Guinean kina
  • Port Moresby

Service Description

The phrase work health and safety (WHS) is widely used to describe a variety of moral and legal obligations concerning health and safety at the workplace. A critical point to note is that WHS is not limited to solely the health and safety of employees at a workplace. It also includes the health and safety of any person at that workplace, including contractors, labour hire workers and ‘other persons,’ such as customers and visitors, and extends to any risk that may affect the health and safety of those people. Organisations conducting a business or undertaking, as well as their officers, have obligations under applicable health and safety legislation. A breach of WHS legislation, if proven, is a criminal offence with possible penalties including fines for companies, and fines and potential imprisonment for individuals. The comprehensive changes to Australia’s WHS legislation resulted in significantly increased responsibilities for officers (including directors and company secretaries) and senior managers. It is therefore critical that the obligations arising under WHS legislation are well understood by officers and managers, in order to minimise potential personal liability and demonstrate that they have exercised due diligence. The aim of this course is to promote understanding of the legislative framework that governs WHS statutory compliance. The key objectives are to: • highlight key WHS legislative risks and emerging issues • emphasise the important role of WHS governance in relation to legal compliance • promote an understanding of officer obligations under the WHS legislation • recognise the important role that safety management systems play in the due diligence process • manage continuous improvement and evaluation approaches to achieve statutory compliance.

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