Amid thick bushfire smoke in cities including Canberra and Melbourne, employers need to consider their legal obligations.
Some have directed their workers not to turn up in order to avoid to occupational health and safety risks. Among them is the Commonwealth department of home affairs which last week asked most of its staff to stay away from its Canberra headquarters for 48 hours.
Other employers want to know where they stand.
- ^ department of home affairs (www.abc.net.au)
- ^ reasonably practicable (classic.austlii.edu.au)
- ^ means (classic.austlii.edu.au)
- ^ NSW (www.epa.nsw.gov.au)
- ^ Victoria (www.epa.vic.gov.au)
- ^ Queensland (apps.des.qld.gov.au)
- ^ South Australia (www.epa.sa.gov.au)
- ^ Western Australia (www.der.wa.gov.au)
- ^ Tasmania (epa.tas.gov.au)
- ^ Northern Territory (ntepa.webhop.net)
- ^ Australian Capital Territory (www.health.act.gov.au)
- ^ Safe Work Australia (www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au)
- ^ specifically mentions them (www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au)
- ^ measures (www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au)
- ^ Our buildings aren't made to keep out bushfire smoke. Here's what you can do (theconversation.com)
Authors: Elizabeth Shi, Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University