WHS duties  

Everyone in the workplace has WHS duties under the model WHS Act.  

You have specific duties if you are: 

  • a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) 
  • a principal contractor 
  • a designer, manufacturer, importer, supplier and installer of plant, substances or structures 
  • an officer. 

The model WHS Regulations have duties that apply to road transport. This includes managing risks of powered mobile plant, hazardous manual tasks and falls from height.  

As a PCBU, you must, so far as is reasonably practicable:  

  • ensure the health and safety of workers and others at your workplace  
  • consult with workers who carry out work for the business or undertaking and who are (or are likely to be) directly affected by a health and safety matter, and 
  • consult cooperate and coordinate activities with all other relevant duty holders. 

Managing risks 

As a PCBU, you should manage risks by following a systematic process of: 

  • identifying hazards—find out what could go wrong and what could cause harm. 
  • assessing risks —understand the harm each hazard could cause, how serious the harm could be and the likelihood of it happening. 
  • controlling risks—implement the most effective control measures that are reasonably practicable in the circumstances. 
  • reviewing control measures to ensure they are working as planned. 
  • ongoing consultation with workers. 

Some of the most common road transport hazards are: 

  • time pressures 
  • shift work, fatigue and physical fitness 
  • poor vehicle design   
  • manual handling of heavy weights 
  • working at height 
  • exposure to gases and fumes. 

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