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As an employer, you have a general duty to make your workplace safe.

As part of this duty, you are responsible for providing workers with the information they need to do their job safely, including information in other languages where appropriate.

This means that you must be aware of any language and cultural barriers that may impact communication in your organisation, and you must take steps to address them.

Failure to provide appropriate health and safety information places workers at risk.

If your worker has a work-related injury or illness, you have duties under Victorian workers compensation legislation, one of which is to ensure their safe return to work. The employer's obligations include:

  • appoint a return to work coordinator,
  • develop and implement a return to work plan, and
  • support and monitor your worker when they return to work.