What if I am unsure whether a particular activity is work?

Whether an activity is defined as work under the WHS laws depends on the specific circumstances of the activity. It may not always be apparent whether a particular task is work. There would be other tasks defined as work that are not specifically mentioned in the list of work above.

If in doubt, treat the activity as work and follow the more stringent requirements if there is a difference. For example, document your risk assessments, verify that operators or leaders are competent and report serious incidents immediately to your manager or the leader in charge and preserve the scene. Remember that both WHS and recreational activities require you to fulfil a duty of care regardless of work or not work. Follow the applicable procedures, which are designed to enable you to fulfil our responsibilities including WHS, adventurous activities, child protection, data privacy and code of conduct.

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