In Australia, Work Health and Safety (WH&S) requirements are based on a set of ‘model’ laws designed by Safe Work Australia. The laws include a WH&S Act, WH&S regulations, and Codes of Practice. Since 2011, these laws have been implemented by the Commonwealth and most states and territories (except Victoria and Western Australia).
This means that most WH&S legislation is the same across the country. The purpose of WH&S legislation is to protect the health and safety of workers and workplaces.
This is the first module in a three-part series on Work Health and Safety. It provides an overview of WH&S principles in Australia.
The second module provides a guide to risk management in healthcare settings. It is aligned with Safe Work Australia’s model Code of Practice for How to manage work health and safety risks.
The final module focuses on what to do if an accident or injury occurs at work.
All of these modules are designed for all those working in nursing and midwifery, including managers.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: