Health and safety in healthcare

Healthcare workers are regularly exposed to a wide range of hazards in the course of their work. Injuries that are most frequently reported include musculoskeletal injuries, lacerations, contusions and needlestick injuries, along with exposure to infectious diseases and harmful chemicals.

We have produced guidance for healthcare and community service providers.

Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety in the healthcare industry

These guidelines provide general guidance on how healthcare providers can keep their workers safe and healthy. As well as providing tips for managing occupational safety and health, it offers guidance on specific hazards such as biological/infectious and chemical hazards.

Guidelines for the provision of facilities and general safety in the healthcare Industry (PDF 288 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. 

For guidance on the current regulatory requirements for workplace facilities including drinking water, toilets, seating, washing, changing and eating facilities, first aid, personal protective equipment, training, monitoring and emergency planning please refer to General Risk and Workplace Management (Part 1) Requirements for workplaces and facilities, information, training, instruction and supervision, personal protective equipment, monitoring, first aid, emergency plans and young people.

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

Managing the risk of workplace violence to healthcare and community service providers

This good practice guide provides an industry-based ‘code of practice’ that healthcare workers and their managers can refer to. It provides guidance on assessing and managing the risks arising from violence, training, and dealing with injured or assaulted caregivers.

Managing the risk of workplace violence to healthcare and community service providers (PDF 630 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.