Week 1 – Intro and Legislation

Using this website

For those new to ClassFlipper, this topic contains three lessons and one quiz. You should progress through these in order, and may do so by using the “Next” button at the bottom of each page, or by navigating using the links to the right. Some lessons may contain timers that prohibit you from moving on too quickly, in order to ensure that you’re provided sufficient time to read content or view related multimedia material. Course structures in ClassFlipper flow as follows:

Now, on with the show…

Points to Note

  • Workplace health and safety is often referred to as WHS.
  • WHS legislation is determined by federal and state governments.
  • Legislation is law and businesses must adhere to this.
  • Many stakeholders (community groups, industry bodies, unions, political parties and others) help to shape and modify legislation over time.
  • Despite strong legislation in Australia, on average one Australian will lose their life due to a workplace incident every 2-3 days.

To minimise harm and to comply with the law, businesses need to remain ever-vigilant in their training, communication, policies and procedures to ensure that they are operating as safely as possible.