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It is critical you have comprehensive systems to ensure workplace safety and identify, isolate, minimise and eliminate hazards. Documents and systems should be reviewed by a professional to ensure they meet requirements.

Under the Health & Safety in Employment Act 1992 there are distinct obligations on employers to ensure that staff and visitors' wellbeing is protected by ensuring hazards are identified and where possible eliminated or minimised or isolated. Failure by employers to meet their health and safety obligations can result in significant financial penalties being imposed by the Department of Labour.

Penalties for breaches of the Health & Safety in Employment Act have significantly increased so it is definitely worth seeking professional advice on these matters.

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