Workplace Health and Safety Essentials – Australia

  • 6 topics | 28m 59s
  • Includes Assessment
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
Every year, a number of workers die and many more are seriously injured in the course of doing their jobs. Australian work health and safety legislation is designed to make workplaces safer for everyone. This course provides an overview of the legislation and how it applies to both employers and workers. It covers common causes of workplace incidents and the impact these incidents can have, employers' and workers' responsibilities under the law, the identification of workplace hazards and the risk assessment process. It also explains the hierarchy of controls for eliminating or minimising workplace risks, requirements for worker consultation about health and safety issues and required steps for responding to and reporting health and safety incidents in the workplace. These course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


  • distinguish between Commonwealth, harmonised and nonharmonised Australian health and safety legislation
  • identify the duties of employers under Australian work health and safety laws
  • identify the duties of workers under Australian work health and safety laws
  • recognise how to identify workplace health and safety hazards
  • identify the general steps to take in a risk assessment
  • recognise types of controls and how to implement them in accordance with the hierarchy of controls for eliminating or minimising workplace health and safety risks
  • identify when employers are required to consult with workers regarding health and safety
  • identify the requirements for responding to and reporting a workplace health and safety incident


  • Which Health and Safety Legislation Applies to You?
  • Employers' Health and Safety Duties
  • Workers' Health and Safety Duties
  • Recognising Hazards and Assessing Risks
  • Implementing Controls for Workplace Risks
  • Consultation and Reporting Requirements