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What is a workplace legislation?

What is a workplace legislation?

Laws that impact upon the operations of the workplace and the regulation of the relationship between employers and employees are frequently referred to as workplace legislation. There are various federal and state laws that impact upon the operation of the workplace.

What is the relationship between legislation and workplace policies and procedures?

Policies and procedures can fulfil employers’ obligations and responsibilities under certain legislation such as work health and safety and discrimination legislation. Policies and procedures provide employees with a clear understanding of what is expected of them.

What legislation applies to working safely in the workplace?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states employers are responsible for protecting the safety of their employees at work, by preventing potential dangers in the workplace. It places general duties on employers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons while at work.

What is the difference between legislation and policy and procedures?

A policy is ‘a course or principle of action adopted or proposed by an organization or individual’. Legislation sets out the law and therefore, the procedure or standard that people and organisations must follow.

What is the difference between workplace policies and procedures?

Policies set some parameters for decision-making but leave room for flexibility. They show the “why” behind an action. Procedures, on the other hand, explain the “how.” They provide step-by-step instructions for specific routine tasks. They may even include a checklist or process steps to follow.

What is the purpose of legislation and regulations?

Only legislation, properly authorised and made, can unilaterally create or change rights and obligations of citizens generally, or change or affect the operation of the general law.

What are the different types of legislations?


  • Primary legislation – Acts of Parliament or Statutes.
  • Secondary legislation – Statutory Instruments (SIs, which are often called Codes, Orders, Regulations, Rules)

Why do employers need to follow manufacturer’s instructions?

As employers, we have a duty to protect anyone who can be affected by our work activities and therefore following manufacturer’s instructions can allow us to comply with safety legislation. It can be used against the defendant where an accident occurs that they didn’t use manufacturer’s guidance and instructions.

How is a work instruction similar to a procedure?

A work instruction will often repeat many of the elements of a procedure to help describe where it fits into the process such as: But at its core, a work instruction contains the step-by-step detail that is not advantageous to put into a procedure because it requires such a limited scope.

What’s the difference between work instructions and work Guide?

The work instructions are mainly focused on explaining how a specific activity is going to be carried out, and they are mandatory. The work instructions are used to describe a specific operation, usually associated with a job. If they are not mandatory, we would be talking about a Work Guide.

When to use manufacturer’s instructions in a case?

It can be used against the defendant where an accident occurs that they didn’t use manufacturer’s guidance and instructions. So it is extremely important to read through the information provided. I was visiting a client recently and we looked at a piece of machinery.

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