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Tips for staying safe during severe weather

South Australia's work health and safety laws require an employer (or person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU)) to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers and other people who could be affected by the work of the business or undertaking.

PCBUs should ensure:

  • the work environment is free of risks to health and safety
  • plant and structures are safe and maintained
  • safe systems of work are in place and followed
  • provide adequate facilities for the welfare of workers
  • provide necessary training and supervision
  • protect people (workers, customers etc.) from health and safety risks arising from the work of the business or undertaking.

During any worksite clean-up or returning to work following severe weather conditions there may be new hazards in the workplace. Before work recommences identify any new hazards around your workplace that need addressing.

While driving in wet and slippery conditions make sure you follow all road rules and drive to the specific conditions.

From a workers perspective you can refuse to carry out work (or stop work) if you have a reasonable concern that you would exposed to a serious health and safety risk.

If you cease work you must:

  • notify your supervisor or PCBU (as soon as possible)
  • remain available to carry out suitable alternative work.

If anyone has a work health and safety concern they can contact SafeWork SA on 1300 365 255. More information is also available on this website.