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Duty of Care

Definition - What does Duty of Care mean?

Duty of care is a legal concept stemming from the tort of negligence. It states that every person has a duty to make sure that their actions, or lack thereof, do not cause harm to other people.

Duty of care is a critical component of an employer's occupational health and safety obligations toward their employees. It is the employer's responsibility to make sure that all employees are familiar with the safety procedures necessary to ensure that they remain safe at all times.

Safeopedia explains Duty of Care

An employer's duty of care is especially important when it applies to new employees, since new employees do not have the experience or familiarity with the workplace that long-term employees have. The employer must make the employee aware of any risks that are associated with a task and train the employee in any procedures that have been put in place to ensure employee safety. The employer must also provide instructional material and personal protective equipment to keep employees safe as part of their duty of care.

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