Provides an introduction to the law of workplace health and safety in Australia. The book sets out the wide range of legal obligations employers and managers must understand to provide a safe and compliant workplace, including discussion of the contract of employment, common law obligations and the statutory workplace safety law currently being introduced in a harmonised form around Australia.
Pt. 1. Introduction to the Australian legal system. 1 Law, its sources, and the common law -- 2. Sources of law: statutes and how the courts read them -- Pt. 2. Workplace safety and civil law. 3. Workplace safety and the contract of employment -- 4. Protection of workplace safety under tort law - negligence: duty of care -- 5. Protection of workplace safety under tort law - negligence: other matters -- 6. Protection of workplace safety under tort law - breach of statutory duty -- Pt. 3. Workplace safety and criminal law. 7. Criminal WHS law: general introduction, primary duties -- 8. Criminal WHS law: other health and safety duties -- 9. Criminal WHS law: other duties and enforcement -- 10. Workplace safety under regulatory criminal law -- Pt. 4. Workplace safety and the general law. 11. Workers' compensation under statute -- 12. Workplace health and safety and anti-discrimination law -- 13. Workplace safety and litigation.