The Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 and related legislation are provided to ensure that workers and others do not suffer avoidable injury and illness during the course of their work.
Under the Act, every employer, worker, workplace visitor and volunteer has an obligation under the Act to ensure a healthy and safe workplace.
Employers, volunteer organisations and others who conduct a business have an obligation under the Act to provide and maintain a safe and healthy work environment. Part of this obligation includes providing information, training and supervision to workers and volunteers.
Employees have a responsibility to follow health and safety procedures at the workplace. They should be proactive in reporting hazards and incidents that impact on the health and safety of others.
As many community service organisations are made up of a combination of paid and unpaid workers, it is important that volunteers have a knowledge of health and safety matters related to the work they are performing. For this reason, it is advisable to provide volunteers with health and safety training and information.