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Get the Guide to the WHS Act – it covers many topics of interest to system safety and design safety specialists, this full-length video explains the Federal Australian Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act (latest version, as of 14 Nov 2020). Brought to you by The Safety Artisan: professional, pragmatic, and impartial.


So today we’re going to be talking about the Australian Federal Work Health and Safety Act. I call it an unofficial guide for system or design safety practitioners because I’m looking at the WHS Act from the point of view of system safety and design safety. (As opposed to managing the workplace although it does that as well.)


A few days ago, I recorded a short video version of this and in the short video we looked at the Primary Duty of Care and particularly we looked at the duty of designers. so, we spent some time looking at that and that video is available for free on It’s available at and you can watch it on YouTube. Just search for Safety Artisan on YouTube, and you’ll find us.

Selected Topics

So, in this video, we’re going to look at much more than that. Now, I say selected topics we’re not going to look at everything in the WHS Act we’d be there a long time, as you can see there are several hundred sections of it. So, what we’re going to look at are things that are relevant to systems safety or design safety. So, we look very briefly at the object of the Act what it’s trying to achieve. Just one slide of definitions because there’s a lot of.  Exclusions, because the Act doesn’t apply to everything in Australia.

We’re going to look at the ‘Big Three’. These three principles that will help us don’t understand what the Act is trying to achieve is what is reasonably practicable. That phrase that I’ve used several times before. What is the Primary Duty of Care? So that’s Sections 18 and 19. If we jump to Section 27, What are or who are officers and what does due diligence mean in a WHS setting?

If I step back to Sections 22 to 26 you know the duties of various people in the supply chain.  We cover that in the short session. So, go ahead and look at that and then move on.

There are requirements for duty holders to Consult, Cooperate and Coordinate and then a brief mention of the function of the regulator. finally, the WHS Act enables WHS regulations and codes of practice. So, those are the topics we’re going to cover; quite a lot to get through, so let’s crack on.

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