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Duties of Employers under Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and Regulations 2017
The OH&S Act 2004 states that employers have a duty of care to
(a) to eliminate risks to health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable; and
(b) if it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate risks to health and safety, to reduce those risks so far as is reasonably practicable.
An employer must, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide and maintain for employees of the employer a working environment that is safe and without risks to health.
The regulation and the compliance code provides employers guidance on hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control measures, consultation and the provision of training, information and instruction to employees. In addition to the general duty to control risk, employers are required to implement measures to control specific risks.
What do the regulations require of employers?
If you are an employer, the regulations require you to manage and control risks that are associated with any works including confined spaces.
First, you must properly identify confined spaces by applying the definition. Then, in consultation with a health and safety representative or external risk management provider, you must identify the hazards that are associated with entering and working in such spaces.
Next, you must assess the risks to workers who might have to enter the space. This means you need to determine whether there is any risk, i.e., injury or illness, associated with each of the hazards identified. What is more, you must record and retain the assessment.