Everyone has a right to health and safety at work. From salary workers to casual employees and volunteers, work health and safety laws (WHS) are in place to ensure a safe working environment for all. Sporting organisations and clubs have legal responsibilities and duties under the Work Health and Safety law that they must comply with.
What club committees should do
Check with your state or national body first to see what policies and procedures are in place and how WHS is managed in your sport
Learn about WHS. It’s a significant topic that all club members, from the board and committee down, should understand:
- Read the Sporting Clubs Guide to a Safe Workplace
- Explore the resources at Workcover NSW and Safe Work Australia
- Talk to Workcover NSW, who manage WHS law in NSW and check out their online safety webinars.
Learn everything you need to know about NSW work health and safety law at WorkCover NSW:
- Book a safety advisory visit and get a free WHS assessment.
- Check out the Small Business toolkit
- Info and advice line 13 10 50.
Safe Work Australia can help with information and advice on WHS and volunteers, including:
- Volunteer resource kit
- Info and advice line 1300 551 832
- Volunteer assistance line 1300 551 832.
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