Work health and safety

A safe workplace

As a small business, your practice is responsible for the health and safety of your employees, visitors and contractors.

New Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws replaced the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws in NSW on January 1, 2012. The new laws provide greater consistency, certainty and clarity across Australia making it easier to understand your workplace health and safety duties. 

WHS in general practice

Work Health and Safety in general practice is an essential component to providing a safe environment for both your patients and staff. The RACGP Standards for General Practice - 4th Edition sets out Work Health and Safety obligations for general practice.  In addition to the 4th Edition Standards, the RACGP has released General practice - a safe place: tips and tools.

Your practice must also display an ‘If you get injured at work poster’ which summarises the requirements of the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998. It is available for download and order on the SafeWork NSW website.

SafeWork NSW also provides free assistance and support services to help your business with the new work health and safety changes. These services include safety rebates, live webinars, advisory visits, workshops, programs and events.

Additional resources regarding WHS are available on the Resources page.