WHS duties

The model WHS laws still apply if workers work somewhere other than their usual workplace, such as working from home. You must manage the risks to your workers, so far as is reasonably practicable, when they are working from home. 

If you’re a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), you must manage the health and safety risks to your workers, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes when they are working from home.  

Duties under WHS laws 

PCBU has a duty under model WHS laws to eliminate risks to health and safety of workers and other persons so far as is reasonably practicable. If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks, they must be minimised so far as is reasonably practicable.  

You must, so far as is reasonably practicable: 

  • provide and maintain a work environment that is without risk to the health and safety of workers 

  • provide adequate and accessible facilities for the welfare of workers to carry out their work 

  • give workers the necessary information, instruction, training or supervision to do their job safely and without risks to health, and 

  • consult with workers, and health and safety representatives (HSRs) if you have them, about health and safety issues that may directly affect them.  

Workers’ WHS duties 

Workers including employees, contractors, subcontractors, labour hire employees, outworkers, apprentices or volunteers have a duty to:  

  • take reasonable care for their own health and safety while at work  

  • take reasonable care to not adversely affect others’ health and safety 

  • comply with reasonable instructions 

  • co-operate with reasonable policies and procedures.