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LaneWorkSafe on NSW Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and its implications

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LaneWorkSafe  on NSW Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and its implications:

NSW Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 Part 2, Division 1:

  • Employers must ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees when at work by:
  • Maintaining places of work under their control in a safe condition, and ensuring safe entrances and exits
  • Making arrangements for ensuring the safe use, handling, storage and transport of plant and substances
  • Providing and maintaining systems of work, and working environments, that are safe and without risks to health
  • Providing the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of employees
  • Providing adequate facilities for the welfare of employees

Employers and self-employed people must ensure the health and safety of people visiting or working at their places of work.

Manufacturers, designers and suppliers of plant and substances for use by people at work must make sure that they are safe and without risks to health when properly used. They must also provide adequate information to those who are supplied with the plant or substance to ensure its safe use.

Persons who erect or install equipment at a workplace also have the manufacturer's obligation to make sure that the equipment is safe to use when properly used.

Persons in control of non-domestic premises used as a place of work, by persons other than their employees, must ensure that the premises and exits and entrances are in a safe condition.

Persons who control plant or substances must ensure that plant or substances are safe and without risk to health when used at work by persons other than their employees.

Substantial penalties apply, including fines of up to $1.65m and 5 years imprisonment for breaches of the Act and associated regulations.

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