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The Work Safety Act 2008 replaced the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989 with a modern set of work safety laws that reflect the realities of working and doing business in the Territory.
Scope & Coverage
The Work Safety Act extended the current scope and coverage of the ACT’s laws to better capture contemporary work arrangements that go beyond the bounds of the traditional employer-employee relationship. The concept of ‘employee’ was replaced with the broader concept of ‘worker’ which includes employees, independent contractors, outworkers, apprentices, trainees and volunteers who work in employment-like settings.
The Work Safety Act also introduced a number of safety duties and responsibilities upon those who are ‘upstream’, meaning those who design, produce and supply plant, workplaces and systems of work in order to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, that the risks associated with these products are eliminated or controlled at the source.
It is important to note that duty holders are only responsible for matters over which they have control, and that duty holders only owe a duty to the extent of that control. The intended effect is that there will be no gaps in the coverage of safety duties but that responsibility is not assigned to anybody in a way that is disproportionate to their actual level of control.
In particular, this Guide aims to:
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