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Your first steps to a safe business

Our people can help you

WorkSafe is committed to helping small to medium-sized businesses understand their health and safety responsibilities, with our:

  • Helpline: as your first point of contact for WorkSafe Tasmania, our Helpline Inspectors can provide a quick response to your questions about safety, workers compensation, long service leave or dangerous goods.
  • Advisory Service: our Advisors can visit your workplace for free, with a toolkit to get you started with safety management
  • Better Work Tasmania: this networking and mentoring group gives you access to local experiences and solutions.

Our online resources can help you

WorkSafe has plenty of online information. We recommend you start with:

We also have publications and sample tools that can help you with safety, wellbeing and complying with the laws. Find the full list in Resources below.

Your responsibilities

As a business owner, you’re legally responsible for implementing health and safety practices in your workplace as soon as you start your business. You must make sure your business doesn’t create health and safety problems for your workers, contractors, volunteers, visitors, customers or the public.

Creating a safe work environment is critical to the long-term success of your business. It can:

  • reduce injury and illness in the workplace
  • reduce the costs of injury and workers compensation
  • ensure you meet your legal obligations and responsibilities for your workers
  • help you retain staff
  • maximise the productivity of your workers.

Before you employ anyone, you must have a workers compensation insurance policy.

Go to Workers compensation

Other government business resources

If you’re new to business we recommend you visit these websites as a starting point:

Your employer association or local chamber of commerce may also be able to provide safety information and support. A good starting point is the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (external link).

For wages and conditions in the private sector you should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman (external link) on 13 13 94.

The Australian Taxation Office (external link) can help you with questions about tax and superannuation for your workers.

Resources

WorkSafe Tasmania resources

Advisory Service

Helpline

Better Work Tasmania

Managing people in your workplace

Getting your safety systems right

Safety hazards and solutions A-Z

Safety publications

Sample safety policies

Sample checklists, forms and registers

Sample safe work procedures

Sample wellbeing tools

Codes of practice

Workplace Issues magazine

Workers compensation

Other resources

Australian Government’s Business guided search (external link)

Australian Government’s Business website (external link)

Australian Taxation Office (external link)

FairWork Ombudsman (external link)

Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (external link)

Updated: 5th November 2019