Last updated September 2020
This chapter explains how to apply health and safety legislation in an office environment, and outlines common safety hazards in an office.
Health and safety obligations in the office
You have health and safety obligations under:
- legislation; and
Health and safety legislation in every jurisdiction stipulates that you have a duty of care to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people in your workplace, and that you must manage risks.
A low-risk workplace is a workplace in which the level of risk, or risk that could result in serious injury or illness, is low. It will usually:
- have a low number of workers;
- carry out activities that do not pose high levels of risk or risk that could result in serious injury or illness; and
- have easily accessible medical assistance.
Health and safety regulations set out duties in relation to the management of specific hazards that may arise in an office, e.g. manual handling and prevention of falls.
A hazard is any situation, substance, activity, event or environment that could potentially cause an injury or illness.