Safe Work Australia has published new health and safety guidance that aims to help protect staff from sexual harassment, violence and aggression in the workplace.
The guidelines support the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), which requires employers to provide a safe workplace, take care of the physical and psychological well-being of staff and take steps to recognise, assess and control hazards.
The new resources provide practical guidance to businesses on preventing and responding to workplace violence and aggression, such as providing a safe physical work environment, safe systems of work and what to do if a violent incident occurs.
Martyn Campbell, Executive Director of Safe Work SA, said: “The guides provide clear and helpful advice to workers and businesses in understanding how they can manage and control the risks associated with these types of incidents.
I strongly encourage businesses and workers to read the new guides and understand how to best provide a safe working environment for everyone.”
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