The harmonisation of workplace health and safety laws across most Australian jurisdictions has brought both challenges and opportunities for Australian business and industry.
As a result of the harmonisation process, there is now greater certainty for employers working across borders, and a system that requires maintenance of high standards of safety and regulation for workers.
Our workplace health and safety lawyers know and understand the legislation and have acted for employers, their officers and workers in a range of industry groups including resources, construction, manufacturing, health and agribusiness for many years.
We advise on all aspects of compliance and risk management and work closely with our clients to develop and implement health and safety policies and procedures.
Ongoing training on compliance issues and risk management is essential. We tailor and deliver training appropriate to your industry and workplace.
While the ultimate goal is an incident free workplace and safe employees, the very fact that human beings are involved means this can’t always be achieved.
With increasing responsibility on company directors and officers, and penalties including jail terms and severe fines (for which individual officers can be liable), the ongoing operation of your business and its future are at stake when facing an investigation or prosecution.
We have the experience and the expertise to advise and support employers through investigations, including those involving fatalities and/or serious injury, to defend prosecutions and provide advice about alternative options such as enforceable undertakings and to provide representation before the courts, including during coronial inquiries.
We take workplace health and safety seriously. Because we know you do.