Under the WHS Act and Regulations, PCBUs (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking), employers have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of staff in the workplace and others that may be affected or impacted by that same work. PCBUs and workers (and/or their representatives) are encouraged to develop a specific policy, assisted by this guide, and to disseminate it for access and reference by all managers, supervisors and workers. This guide is not intended to override or replace existing agreements between PCBUs, workers and their representatives. http://www.comcare.gov.au.
So there is a “Duty of Care” obligation that is now a clear requirement for employers. And there is more focus and regulation every day from the Federal, State & local government. And as “Safe Work Australia” suggests, while the employer is required to provide the tools necessary for a safe work environment, it is both the employers and workers responsibility to ensure health and safety in the workplace. The Safe work Australia website https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/ provides a number of resources that can be used as a guideline. Information is available at the National level as well as Safety requirements at the State and local level.
SafetCard is the most widely use emergency/duress safety solution in Australia, meeting the Duty of Care requirements across multiple industries. Large Federal State & Local agency’s use Safety card not only to meet the Duty of Care requirements, but as an effective tool to stay in touch with employees in the field. If there’s an emergency they know their last location. Amber alert allows for regular check in and triggers an alarm if a check in is past due. Emergency button and Man Down feature also trigger automatic emergency alarms to our Monitoring Station.