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What are directors' responsibilities under the Work Health & Safety legislation?

Company directors have a duty to exercise due diligenceThis means that directors must:
  1. Obtain and receive information and knowledge of health and safety issues and stay up to date.
  2. Understand the hazards and the risks associated with the work that the company performs.
  3. Make sure that the company has appropriate and sufficient resources (eg time, money, people, work health and safety systems) available to eliminate or minimise risks in the company operations.
  4. Put in place and manage appropriate processes relating to incidents, accidents, hazards and risk controls.
  5. Make sure that the management processes for compliance to the legislation are put in place, including but not limited to documenting risk management processes, reporting of incidents, consultation arrangements, workplace training etc.
  6. Make sure that the reporting processes are maintained and they understand the work health and safety systems in the workplace.

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