Workplace manslaughter laws

31 July 2020

A new criminal offence of workplace manslaughter has been introduced into occupational health and safety laws. The new offence of workplace manslaughter will be investigated by Victoria's health and safety regulator, WorkSafe Victoria, using their powers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

It is every employer’s responsibility to make sure their employees stay safe at work and return home every day. If you are already complying with your OHS duties, you are doing the right thing and you will not need to do anything different. If you are not complying, the consequences for not thinking about workplace risk can be much more severe.