There are some basic rights to safe workplaces.  Every worker is entitled to:

  • Work in a safe and healthy environment, free from unreasonable hazards and risks.
  • Not to have your health and safety put at risk by work that is carried out.
  • Be provided with safe systems of work
  • Have your employer monitor your health and conditions at the workplace
  • Be provided with facilities at work
  • Be consulted on work health and safety issues that affect your work
  • Refuse to perform work that you reasonably think would expose you to risk of immediate serious harm or serious injury.


  • Workers have the right to be represented by an elected a Health and Safety Representative (HSR)
  • Have your HSR present at any interview between you and your employer or WHS Inspector
  • Seek the help of a HSR so that unsafe work ceases
  • Change your HSR


Read the SDA Workplace Health and Safety Policy

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