WHS duties

It is a legal requirement for every workplace to have an emergency plan. Find out what the duties are for emergency plans, including for shared workplaces. 

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. 

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. 

The model Code of Practice: WHS consultation, cooperation and coordination has more on working with other PCBUs.