Why Managers and Supervisors Have a Vital Role in WHS Compliance
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Duty of Officers

An officer of the PCBU must exercise due diligence to ensure that the PCBU complies with their duties or obligations.

Why Managers and Supervisors

Have a Vital Role in WHS Compliance

Duty holders in a workplace are all interdependent to some degree on what the other duty holders do. This article deals with why the PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) and its Officers rely heavily on what Managers and Supervisors do and what should be done about that.

Why the PCBU and Officers rely on Managers and Supervisors

Managers & Supervisors have a duty of care under the WHS Act that  means;


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If Managers and Supervisors do not fulfill their duty of care then it automatically follows that the PCBU has not fulfilled their duty of care.

And if the PCBU is not fulfilling its duty it follows that the Officers have not fulfilled their duty of care

The simple message is that in order to help fulfill their duty of care, PCBU and Officers must ensure that Managers and Supervisors fulfill their duty of care.

Four Steps to Help Managers and Supervisors Achieve their Duty of Care

The PCBU and Officers could ensure that;

1. Managers and Supervisors know and understand what their duty of care is

2. Managers and Supervisors know what they need to do in their area of the workplace to fulfill their duty of care and do it.

3. Systems are in place to verify that 1 and 2 above are achieved

4. Managers and Supervisors are provided with the resources to make 1, 2 and 3 above a reality.

Courtenell can assist you if needed with training or consulting on the first 3 of the four steps.

You are welcome to download this article and distribute it within your organisation.

Duty of the PCBU

A PCBU has the primary duty of care for workplace health and safety. The PCBU must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and others.

1.  They must take reasonable care;

2.  They must comply with reasonable instructions and cooperate with       reasonable policies and procedures regarding health and safety.

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