Australian work, health and safety legislation requires employers to ensure workplaces are safe and healthy for all workers. Employers also have an ethical responsibility to protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of their employees.
EAPs assist organisations and managers to meet their obligations under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011, particularly:
- protecting workers against harm to health (including mental health), safety and welfare through the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from work
- providing fair and effective workplace representation, consultation, cooperation and issue resolution in relation to work health and safety
- taking a constructive role in promoting improvements in work health and safety practices and achieving a healthier and safer working environment
- promoting the provision of advice, information, education and training in relation to work health and safety
- providing a framework for continuous improvement and progressively higher standards of work health and safety.
EASA’s EAP program is designed to assist employers to meet these requirements.