Work Health and Safety

All workers have the right to a safe and health workplace, no matter where you work or the kind of job you have. Casuals, labour hire workers, contractors and even volunteers have the same rights as all other workers.

Menopause in the workplace

This fact sheet covers how unions can make changes in your workplace to help workers experiencing menopause.

Perimenopause and menopause symptoms

Menopause affects around half of Australia’s population at some point in their lives and those undergoing menopause will likely do so while they go about their regular working lives.

Mosquito-borne diseases

While mosquitos are a problem every summer, the recent arrival of the Japanese encephalitis virus in eastern Australia heightens concerns.

Natural disasters and workplace safety

Very hot days, storms, bushfires, floods and other forms of extreme weather are very disruptive to all our lives but we usually are given warnings. Weather bureaus predict and issue warnings ahead of storms, rail, hail, heat waves etc. For example, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issues: three-day cyclone outlooks during the cyclone season for…

Risk Management

Employers have a legal responsibility to identify hazards and control risks before they can cause harm. Risk management is the process of: identifying hazards assessing the risk of harm from those hazards introducing controls needed to eliminate or reduce the risk Under the law, employers must eliminate or reduce risks so that workers have the highest level…


Anybody injured at work has a right to worker’s compensation, including paid leave and compensation for medical costs. This applies to both physical and mental injuries and can occur at the workplace or offsite. Each state and territory has its own worker’s compensation scheme (WorkCover), although if you work for a large national employer, you…

Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs)

By electing a HSR, workers get more of a say on health and safety issues and receive extra protection under the law.

Injury Reporting

Under the law, ‘injuries’ means physical or mental injuries, diseases or illnesses. All workplaces should have a clear system of reporting injuries or other health and safety issues. Employers have a responsibility to: keep a register of injuries make it clear to workers how to report and record injuries in the register display information about reporting injuries…

Health and Safety

Safe Workplaces Employers have a legal duty to make workplaces safe for everyone. Health and safety risks exist in every workplace, but by following proper health and safety practices and communicating openly with workers, employers can eliminate or reduce these risks. Workers have an important role to play in ensuring their own safety as well….

Your Rights Working in Heat

Every employer or Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) has a duty of care to “ensure the health and safety of their workers and others at the workplace”. This includes ensuring that workers are not exposed to hazardous temperatures. Working in excessively hot weather can be extremely dangerous, and even fatal. Every year, around…

Unsafe work and bullying

All workers have a right to a safe and healthy work environment. Unsafe working conditions can lead to serious health complications for workers and even workers’ deaths. Unions take safety at work very seriously. One of the central functions of unions is to advocate for workers’ safety to businesses and the Government and to assist…

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