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The content following is in the process of being transitioned from WorkCover to SafeWork SA.

Employer responsibilities

Under Section 19 of the OHS Act every employer has a duty of care to ensure that an employee is safe from injury and health risks at work.

An employer must:

  • Provide and maintain a safe work environment and a safe system of work.
  • Provide and maintain machinery, equipment, appliances, implements, tools and substances in a safe condition.
  • Provide information, instruction, training and supervision as necessary to ensure that each employee is safe from injury and risks to their health.
  • Provide managers and supervisors with the information, instruction and training to ensure employees under their supervision are safe from injuries and risks to their health.

What are employees responsible for?

Employees must take reasonable care to protect their own health and safety and the health and safety of others that may be affected by their actions at work.


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