Tasmania – Extract

Duty of Care

Section 9 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 (TAS) places a duty of care on employers to ensure that an employee is, while at work, safe from injury and risks to health and must provide and maintain:

  • a safe working environment; and
  • safe systems of work.


An employer may breach its duty of care by failing to maintain electrical equipment in a safe condition.  Therefore, employers must ensure that risk of injury from electric shock is reduced in the workplace as far as is reasonably practicable.

To meet this duty of care, All States Safety Services recommends that employers comply with the Australian Standards (AS/NZS 3760:2010) for safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

Penalties apply for breach of the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 (TAS).

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