Line and HR management

Under WHS laws, direct responsibility for providing adequate information, training, instruction and supervision to ensure workers’ health and safety generally falls to supervisors and line managers, with a supplementary role played by HR managers.

Under WHS laws, direct responsibility for providing adequate information, training, instruction and supervision to ensure workers’ health and safety generally falls to supervisors and line managers, with a supplementary role played by HR managers.

Supervisors and line managers play a vital part in maintaining a good safety culture. They need to ensure, for example, that plant is used safely in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations, and that the information in safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals is used to ensure safe use of the chemicals.

Similarly, they should encourage the reporting of unsafe incidents, conditions or behaviours, talk with workers about any safety concerns they may have and ensure that problems are rectified.

As well as their employment-related and administrative functions, HR managers are typically given responsibility for a number of WHS functions, such as:
  • recording, analysing and reporting on matters such as rates of incidents and injuries, or other indicators of safety performance
  • dispute resolution regarding WHS matters, and
  • liaison regarding injury management and workers compensation.

[Last reviewed 4 June 2018]

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