Who is this fact sheet for?
This factsheet is intended for employers, contractors and sole traders who provide in home services (excluding personal care, aged care and disability services). This includes, but is not limited to:
- Child minding
- Domestic cleaning
- Garden and home maintenance
- Dog walking and minding
- Trades who enter a client’s home (including asbestos assessors and asbestos removalists)
An employer’s duty of care
The model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws require all employers to take care of the health and safety of their workers and others (e.g. clients and residents of the home) at the workplace. These laws apply even when the workplace is a private home or dwelling.
If you work for yourself, you are your own worker.
Employers must identify risks at the workplace, and where possible eliminate or minimise those risks.
If your business has been determined an essential service by government and you are permitted to continue operating, you must ensure any risks to your workers are eliminated or minimised as much as is reasonably practicable.