Under the Workplace (Tasmania) Regulations 1992, companies have a responsibility to ensure, as far as is reasonable practicable, that the health, safety and wellbeing of workers in the workplace are maintained. The regulations set down minimum standards by which to measure the safety of a workplace, the provision of work and working conditions and the management of work and the organisation of work places. It also lays down rules for the organisation of work places, relating to hours of work, employer liability and industrial relations. All employers must identify the potential hazards in the workplace and set out plans to mitigate the risks from these hazards.
The National Minimum Wage Act 1992 provides protection to employees who belong to businesses or organisations and are engaged in some specified activities. The provision of this Minimum Wage Act aids workers to acquire equal remuneration for the same work performed by them and is an essential component of an occupational health and safety policy. The intention behind the provision of the Minimum Wage Act is to protect employees from becoming too poor to support themselves and their families. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that the workers are neither under-appreciated nor over-appreciated and that the conditions of work are conducive to all kinds of people, rather than just some. There are also provisions that protect aged workers, and allow employers to deduct expenses from their regular salaries for the purpose of covering these expenses.
The Health and Safety Policy Act 1992 came into force on 1 July 1992 and was incorporated into the Telecommunications (Tasmania) Act 1992. The main features of this Legislation are that it creates a statutory definition of ‘workplace health and safety environment’ and it creates a body, the Department of Health and Community Services, which is responsible for the maintenance of this definition. The Health and Safety Policy Act also make it a requirement for every employee of a company, whether employed directly by the company or indirectly through an agent, to comply with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1992. The Act is also capable of overriding the provisions of any other legislation, including the Accident Injury Act 1992 and the Family Law Act 1992. This enables the State to take action against erring employees.
The Health and Safety Policy Act also contain a number of provisions that are intended to promote well-being, health and safety, and equality in the workplace. For example, it is a legal requirement for all employers in Tasmania to comply with the provisions of the Act. This means that all employers must ensure that their employees have adequate health and safety training and are provided with a safe and healthy working environment.
It is also a legal requirement for employers to provide suitable equipment and other facilities that give workers the opportunity to enjoy their workplaces, and that these workplaces are safe and secure. These provisions are designed to ensure that the workplace does not become a place of chronic illness or discomfort. A healthy and safe workplace is one in which the physical and mental health and safety of all workers can be maintained. The provision of a safe working environment is a key responsibility of all employers. The Health and Safety Policy Act also require employers to undertake accident prevention activities and to carry out a risk assessment of the workplace to identify risks to employees and prevent them from taking unnecessary risks. This assessment is designed to minimize the occurrence and severity of accidents and to prevent damage to people and property that could be caused by accidents at work.
Apart from the employer being required to take preventive action to prevent accidents at work, the employer is also required to take steps to protect employees who suffer from accidents. For example, if a worker is involved in an accident that cannot be attributed to his or her negligence, then the employer is required to compensate the injured worker. This compensation is known as loss of earnings, loss of service, out-of-work pay, and other similar benefits.
Employers who fail to take steps to protect their workers from health and safety hazards are in breach of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. If you work in an office, you should know how to protect yourself from various health problems. In particular, you need to know how to stay healthy in the workplace because working in a small office with limited space can pose health problems for you even during your busiest hours. Most importantly, you should also know how to keep your body working efficiently by giving enough rest to your body, mind and body.
It is important for employers to have employees undergo health and safety assessments before hiring them. During such assessments, the occupational health and safety staff will identify risks and evaluate the hazards in the workplace. Based on the identified risks, the occupational health and safety team will try to eliminate them. For example, if there are too many cases of acute shortness of breath in the workplace, the health and safety team will conduct a risk assessment to determine whether those particular employees are at risk of developing heart diseases or other diseases.