Workplace Health and Safety

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Lesson 2: Legislation


Occupational health and safety legislation is about basic rights, general safety standards and responsibility for health and safety in the workplace. Occupational health and safety laws in Australia provide a set of minimum standards to protect the health and safety of all workers. Every workplace in Australia is governed by either State, Territory or Commonwealth law.

The occupational health and safety laws that apply in Queensland are:

Aims of Occupational Health and Safety

Aims of OHS

Workplace Health and Safety is a problem particularly for young workers in Australia. Many countries such as Canada, have special programs targeting youth under the age of 24. Check out the following websites IAPA for some of the innovative ways to make canadian students more aware of safety in the workplace.Candice


Read Candice's story about how her life changed so quickly in a workplace accident and how she goes about making young people all over the world aware of the seriousness of Workplace Health and Safety.


NEWS: We will have a teleconference with Candice on 13th August. Prepare your questions about how WHS conditions in Canada compare with Australian conditions.

Information for young workers in Australia

In British Columbia there are special WHS training programs out there targeted for young workers. The following video shows the reasons why young and new workers are at greater risk than other employees.

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