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Workplace Health & Safety
It is an employer’s responsibility to provide a safe workplace and system of work. However, as a worker it is important to immediately report any workplace hazards or dangerous incidents you witness or are involved in to your employer or trade union representative.
Some examples of common workplace hazards that should be reported include:
- spills, particularly of toxic or dangerous substances
- protective clothing or equipment such as goggles not being provided or used when dealing with toxic or dangerous substances;
- hard hats and harnesses not being provided or used when workers are using scaffolding or cranes;
- adequate instructions not being provided about how to use a machine a worker has not used before;
- adequate training not being provided on how to safely lift heavier items;
- cranes or pulleys not being provided to lift heavier items;
- inadequate staff numbers in hospitals or residential care facilities, resulting in staff being forced to lift patients without assistance from other staff members.
If you report a workplace hazard to your manager and you manager ignores your complaint or fails to take appropriate action, then you should report the workplace hazard and your manager or your trade union representative.