Friday, October 13, 2006

Duty of care

Duty of Care - Employer and employee have a common law duty of care to each other and to other employees. This includes exercising reasonable care in order to protect others from the risks of foreseeable injury, death at work or health problems.

The Employer's Duty of Care - Provide a safe workplace. Will be liable if someone is harmed and they had failed to take reasonable steps to protect against a known risk or one they should have known about.

Employee Rights and Expectations - Employees have rights as implied by the employer's duty of care, but they must also exercise reasonable care in their own actions at work so to avoid harm to themselves or others. They must co-operate with the employer in the use of safe working practices as provided.

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