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Definitions from the Act


From the OH&S Act 2000:

associated occupational health and safety legislation means the
following Acts and the regulations and rules made under them:
(a) Coal Mines Regulation Act 1982,
(b) Dangerous Goods Act 1975,
(c) Mines Inspection Act 1901,
(d) Rural Workers Accommodation Act 1969.

employee means an individual who works under a contract of employment or apprenticeship.
employer means a person who employs persons under contracts of employment or apprenticeship.
exercise a function includes perform a duty.
function includes a power, authority or duty.
industrial organisation of employees means an industrial organisation of employees registered, or taken to be registered, under Chapter 5 of the Industrial Relations Act 1996.
inspector means an inspector appointed under Division 1 of Part 5.
investigation notice means an investigation notice issued under Part 6.
occupational health and safety legislation includes:
(a) the provisions of this Act and the regulations, and
(b) the associated occupational health and safety legislation.
occupier of premises includes:
(a) a person who, for the time being, has (or appears to have) the
charge, management or control of the premises, or
(b) a person who, for the time being, is in charge (or appears to be
in charge) of any operation being conducted on the premises.
OHS committee and OHS representative—see section 16 of the Act.
place of work means premises where persons work.
plant includes any machinery, equipment or appliance.
premises includes any place, and in particular includes:
(a) any land, building or part of any building, or
(b) any vehicle, vessel or aircraft, or
(c) any installation on land, on the bed of any waters or floating on any waters, or
(d) any tent or movable structure.
previous offender, in relation to the maximum penalty for an offence, means a person who has, at any time before being sentenced for that offence, been convicted of any other offence of any kind against this Act or the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1983.
prohibition notice means a prohibition notice issued under Part 6.
self-employed person means a person who works for gain or reward otherwise than under a contract of employment or apprenticeship, whether or not employing others.
substance means any natural or artificial substance, whether in solid or liquid form or in the form of a gas or vapour.
work means work as an employee or as a self-employed person.
WorkCover means the WorkCover Authority constituted by the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998.
Note. Words and expressions used in this Act that are defined in the Interpretation
Act 1987 have the meanings set out in that Act.