Integrating Health, Wellbeing And Safety

Workplace health and safety systems can easily incorporate health and wellbeing risk management into existing policies and procedures. The fundamental goals of work health are the same as work safety, for example:

  • controlling the risks to workers' health and safety
  • reducing illness and injury
  • retaining valuable skills
  • enhancing productivity
  • strengthening business outcomes.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 defines health as both physical and psychological health. Under the Act, both persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) and workers are responsible for ensuring health and safety in the workplace.

  • PCBUs have a duty of care under section 19 to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers while they are at work.
  • PCBUs must provide and maintain a work environment without risks to the health of workers, or other persons affected by the conduct of the business or undertaking.
  • Workers also have a responsibility under section 28 to take reasonable care for their own health and safety, and to comply with reasonable safety instructions.

Managing the risks to health and wellbeing is therefore a shared responsibility.

SafeWorkSA and SA Health are working in partnership to support businesses to adopt an integrated approach to workplace health, safety and wellbeing in South Australia.

Integrated Approach

Utilising an Integrated Approach - Safework Month’s showcase event October 2018

Watch the keynote speech by Niki Ellis - expert in Integrated approaches to Work Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

Collaborative Partnership for Workplace Health and Wellbeing in South Australia

The Collaborative Partnership for Workplace Health and Wellbeing in South Australia was established in 2020 to build a more comprehensive and proactive state-wide strategy for workplace health, safety and wellbeing in South Australia.

The South Australian Workplace Health and Wellbeing Charter (PDF 698KB)was also launched in 2020, co-designed by representatives from government and non-government organisations with expertise in health promotion, work health and safety, workers compensation, research and the needs of business and industry both large and small. The Charter represents a commitment of the Collaborative Partnership members to working together towards improving workplace health, safety and wellbeing across South Australia.

The Healthy Workplaces SA website has been developed by the Collaborative Partnership to provide a central source of information, tools and resources to help South Australian businesses create healthy, safe and thriving workplaces.