What is workplace health and safety?

Safety At Work

Work Health and safety describes policies and procedures put into place to ensure the safety and health of employees within a workplace. It Involves hazard identification and control according to government standards and ongoing safety training and education for employees.

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Safety in your workplace
It’s important to know where you stand when it comes to your safety rights on the job. Whatever your type of employment – full time, part time, casual – your employer needs to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy for everyone, and you need to make sure you speak up if you feel unsafe.

Safety in your workplace
It’s important to know where you stand when it comes to your safety rights on the job. Whatever your type of employment – full time, part time, casual – your employer needs to make sure your workplace is safe and healthy for everyone, and you need to make sure you speak up if you feel unsafe.

Your safety rights at work
Remember that wherever you work and whatever type of work you do, you have the right:

To be shown how to work safely
When you first start a job you’re entitled to a workplace induction. This means you should have safety procedures explained to you, be shown the layout of the workplace and be introduced to your health and safety representative (HSR), workmates and supervisor. Your supervisor should be available to provide advice during your day to day work and should closely monitor the way you do things until you can work safely.

To make sure you can work safely, you also have the right to on the job training and to be shown how to use the tools and equipment needed for your job.

To be given the safety gear you need ( PPE )

From goggles to gloves, safety boots to hardhats, your boss needs to provide you with the gear to do your job safely. They need to make sure it’s in good condition and that you know how to wear it properly.

To speak up
If you’re not sure how to do something safely, ask for help or training before you attempt it.

It’s important to tell your supervisor or HSR if you think there may be a safety issue in your workplace. Slippery floors, faulty equipment, lack of protective gear, or bullying are some examples of health and safety issues.

To say no to unsafe work
If you think something could be dangerous and you continue to work without speaking up, the consequences could be long term.If you’re asked to do something you think may be unsafe, stop what you’re doing and ask for help. You have the right to refuse unsafe work.