Workplace health and safety

In Australia, employers must do all they can to ensure that your work does not injure you or make you ill.

This is covered by law under Work Health Safety (WHS) or Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) with national policies developed by Safe Work Australia.

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You are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that you’re fit and well enough to do the work
  • Following reasonable instructions, procedures and policies
  • Not putting yourself or others at risk of injury or ill-health by your actions or inactions
  • Reporting any unsafe and unhealthy situations and injuries to your supervisor.
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Your employer is responsible for:

  • Providing a safe work environment including providing you with the right tools and equipment to do the job safely
  • Providing information, training, instruction and supervision to enable you to do your work safely
  • Provide you with safety equipment (e.g. gloves, helmet) if required.
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If you have followed instructions but are still unsure of how to safely perform your work, ask your supervisor to ensure that you’re following the correct procedures and using the appropriate equipment to do your work safely. You need to report any unsafe and unhealthy situations or injuries to your supervisor. This includes hazards or activities and equipment that have the potential to cause work to be unsafe. Workplaces must have procedures in place to enable you to report and record any workplace health and safety issues. You can also contact your university WIL advisor if you have any concerns at your WIL workplace. This might be your teacher or a central support team.

Understanding Australian Workplace Cultures: Legislative and regulatory frameworks

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