Safety Matters

Duties of Officers and the PCBU

Under the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act, an officer must exercise ‘due diligence’ to ensure that a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) is compliant with their duties. Although the WHS Act hasn’t been adopted in Victoria and Western Australia, the principles are the same for those States. An officer is a senior executive who is involved in decisions that affect the business or undertaking. This includes all people listed as Directors in your company documents. An officer can be held personally liable and be prosecuted for a failure to comply with their due diligence obligations.



What is fatigue? Fatigue is more than feeling tired and drowsy. In a work context, fatigue is a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion which reduces a person’s ability to perform work safely and effectively. It can occur because of prolonged mental or physical activity, sleep loss and/or disruption of the internal body clock. Fatigue can be caused by factors which may be work related, non-work related or a combination of both and can accumulate over time.


Haulage Safety

Truck Maintenance and Record Keeping More and more truck incident investigations are being conducted by the relevant State authorities. There is a growing need for truck owners and drivers to be able to demonstrate to these authorities that both the truck and driver were in a safe working condition prior to an incident taking place. Generally the bigger the consequences of the incident the more scrutiny both will come under.