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Communtity Law Manual | Employment: Conditions & protections | Your health and safety duties as an employee

Health and safety protections

Your health and safety duties as an employee

What are my health and safety duties as an employee?

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, s 45

As an employee you must take reasonable care for your own health safety while at work, and you must also make sure you don’t harm anyone else.

You must follow, as far as you’re reasonably able to, any reasonable instructions that your employer or supervisors give you about health and safety, and cooperate with any reasonable policies or procedures around health and safety that your employer has told you about. For example, you must use protective clothing or equipment that your employer has provided.

If you fail to comply with health and safety rules, this could lead to disciplinary action against you.

Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, s 33

Note: The fact that you have those responsibilities as an employee doesn’t affect or limit the health and safety duties of employers and others.

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