The model Work Health and Safety laws
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and safety in the workplace.
The model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws require employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace. This includes providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risk to health and safety and adequate facilities for workers in carrying out their work, so far as is reasonably practicable.
To comply with the model WHS laws, you must identify risks at the workplace, and do what is reasonably practicable to eliminate those risks, or where this is not reasonably practicable, to minimise those risks.
Whether a control measure is reasonably practicable to implement involves considering what can be done to control a risk and whether it is reasonable in the circumstances to do so. Key considerations in determining what measures are reasonable include:
- the likelihood of the risk occurring
- the degree of harm that might result
- the availability and suitability of a control measure
The likelihood of the risk occurring, the degree of harm that might result and the availability and suitability of a control measure are key considerations in determining what measures are reasonable. Further information is available in the model Code of Practice: Managing the work environment and facilities.