General requirements for workplaces

There are certain health and safety requirements for workplaces that all PCBUs must meet.

There are requirements for:

  • workplaces and workplace facilities including containers of liquids
  • information, instruction, training and supervision
  • personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • monitoring worker exposure
  • monitoring worker health
  • first aid equipment and facilities and first aiders
  • emergency plans
  • young workers and young people at workplaces.

We have produced guidance for PCBUs about these requirements.

General Risk and Workplace Management (Part 1) 

These guidelines explain what each requirement may mean for your workplace, your work, your workers or others at your workplace.

General risk and workplace management - part 1 (PDF 407 KB)

Note: These requirements are from the Health and Safety at Work (General Risk and Workplace Management) Regulations 2016. Depending on your work, there may be other requirements that apply.

More guidance on training

PCBUs must provide workers and others with the information, training, instruction, or supervision they need to protect them from work health and safety risks. We have produced guidance for PCBUs about this.

Providing information, instruction, training and supervision for workers

This fact sheet describes what you can think about when deciding what information, training, instruction and supervision to provide.

Providing information, training, instruction or supervision for workers (PDF 58 KB)

More guidance on first aid

The first aid facilities, equipment and first aiders needed at a workplace will depend on the nature of the work, workplace and workers. We have produced guidance for PCBUs about first aid.  

First aid for workplaces

This good practice guide can help you to work out what first aid is appropriate for your workplace.

First aid for workplaces (PDF 314 KB)

While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.

Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.