WHS duties

Work health and safety (WHS) duties apply equally to psychological and physical health and safety.  

Persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), such as employers, must eliminate risks from psychosocial hazards if it is reasonably practicable to do so. If it isn’t reasonably practicable to eliminate these risks, you must minimise them so far as is reasonably practicable.  

You must also: 

  • consult workers about work health and safety 

  • consult, cooperate and coordinate with other duty holders. 

Workers also have a duty to: 

  • take reasonable care for their own health and safety  

  • take reasonable care for the health and safety of others, and  

  • comply with any reasonable instructions, policies and procedure given by their employer at the workplace. 

Other persons in the workplace have a duty to: 

  • take reasonable care for their own health and safety  

  • take reasonable care for the health and safety of others, and  

  • comply with any reasonable instruction for work health and safety.  

The Guide: Work-related psychological health and safety: A systematic approach to meeting your duties has information on your duties under WHS laws.