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Albert Einstein + WHS = ?

Weekly WHS Article 19th April 2021

Albert Einstein is regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time and the father of Modern Physics. Also, he was very effective at solving problems and his many quotations still live on.

Einstein’s Message

Looking back at what Einstein has said during his lifetime we can see he would believe that achieving a safe and healthy workplace is possible because as he said:

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

“It’s not that I am so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

“You never fail until you stop trying.”

The WHS Equation

Einstein’s equation for energy is well known but he did not develop an equation to help us achieve a safe and healthy workplace. However, if Einstein was alive today perhaps he might approve of the following equation.

PCBUs, Officers, Workers, and Others in a workplace


All of them complying with their WHS legal duties and obligations


Compliance in that workplace with the WHS Act and Regulations


All risks in that workplace are eliminated or minimised so far as reasonably practicable


All other responsibilities and obligations in the WHS Act and Regulations are met


A safe and healthy workplace where;

  • illness and injuries are minimised, and

  • workers compensation costs are low, and

  • your workplace and WHS systems could pass a SafeWork NSW investigation

Everyone in the workplace has WHS duties, and the results from the above equation are dependent upon everyone satisfying their WHS duties and any WHS obligations and responsibilities that they have.

Albert Einstein + WHS
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19th April 2021


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