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WorkSafe is the Regulator - where is their role here?

Workplace violence is being reported across all sectors - schools, hospitality, retail, healthcare, community service, corporate, construction, the list goes on -  "so far as is reasonably practicable" you must ensure the health and safety of workers, and ensure that others aren't put at risk from your work.  Risk is the likelihood that a person may be harmed or suffers adverse health effects if exposed to a hazard. 

Businesses invest in putting measures in place whether it be training, the layout of an office, policies and procedures, emergency planning or extra security measures (e.g a panic button) to reduce the potential of harm to their workers. 

But when all this fails - where does business turn to for guidance?

The Administrators for the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 are WorkSafe. 

In my opinion, when a worker is suffering psychological or physical harm through violence in the workplace this should not solely be an HR issue.



 

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