In South Australia, temporary working visa holders are covered by the work health and safety laws that apply to everyone at work.
Our laws provide workers with the same standard of health and safety protection regardless of the work they do or where they work.
Your rights at work
As a worker in South Australia you have rights.
The right to be shown how to work safely
When you start a job you should be:
- shown how to use any equipment that you will be operating
- trained in how to use equipment safely
- provided with safety gear and shown how to use and wear it
- shown the workplace including entry and exit points, amenities and first aid areas
- told about emergency evacuation procedures
- introduced to your immediate supervisor, health and safety representative (HSR) and people you will be working with
- told about the safety policies and procedures in place, including where to find relevant forms to report incidents
- clear about everyone's role and responsibility for safety in the workplace.
This is called a workplace induction. If you are not sure about something during your induction or while you are working, ask someone for help.
The right to be given the safety equipment you need
You need to be provided with safety equipment where your job requires it.
This personal protective equipment (PPE) needs to be in good condition and you need to know how to use it and to wear it properly.
The right to speak up
If you are not sure how to do something safely, ask someone for help or training. If you are concerned about a safety issue, talk to your supervisor or HSR.
The right to say no to unsafe work
You have the right to refuse unsafe work. If you are asked to do something that you think may be unsafe, stop and talk to your supervisor or HSR.
The right to fair pay
For information about rates of pay contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94.
Your safety responsibilities at work
As a worker you are required to take reasonable care of yourself, and not adversely affect the health and safety of others at work. This includes being fit for work and free from the influence of drugs or alcohol.
You must comply with any reasonable health and safety instruction from your employer - known nationally as the Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU). It is important that you:
- ask if you are not sure of instructions
- work safely, and
- report unsafe and unhealthy situations and injuries to your immediate supervisor, PCBU and/or HSR.
Remember, HSRs represent the health and safety issues of a work group and can talk about these with your PCBU.
If you work through a Group Training Organisation or labour hire agency, you can also report any work health and safety concerns to them.
Duties of the PCBU
The PCBU must provide for the health and safety of workers, customers and the public to ensure that no one is put at risk from the work carried out. This requires the PCBU to provide:
- a safe and healthy workplace
- safe equipment, structures, substances and systems of work
- adequate workplace amenities and facilities
- information, training and supervision
- the opportunity for you to talk about work health and safety
- conditions that prevent worker injury or illness.
Your PCBU has a responsibility to ensure that your workplace is safe with potential hazards identified and steps taken to eliminate or reduce the potential risk to safety.
Have you been:
- trained to carry out your work safely?
- informed of the hazards and risks involved in your job?
Do you know how to
- use equipment, machinery and substances to work safely and without risk to your health?
- use and care for safety and personal protective equipment?
- resolve any complaints and concerns about safety and health issues at work?
Do you know what to do
- if there is an emergency?
- if you are injured?
- if you consider yourself in danger?
Are you aware of
- who your HSR is and how they can help you at work?
- how to be involved in health and safety discussions at work?
To meet your health and safety responsibilities in the workplace:
- follow instructions to ensure safety and health at work
- report any hazards, injury or ill health to your supervisor, and/or PCBU or HSR
- take care of any safety and personal protective equipment
- follow emergency procedures
- ask for help if you do not understand any of the information provided to you.