WHS duties

As the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), it is your duty to: 

  • make an emergency plan, including an effective response to emergencies 
  • test the plan 
  • maintain the plan so that it’s always effective 
  • arrange training for workers on the emergency plan and the procedures in it 
  • implement the plan in an emergency and follow emergency services’ instructions. 

You must consult with your workers and their health and safety representatives, if they have them, when you are making and reviewing emergency plans. 

For your full duties under law, see Regulation 43 of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations

Shared workplaces 

If you share WHS duties with other PCBUs in the workplace, you must coordinate with them for a master emergency plan.  For more information on working with other PCBUs, refer to: