If you’re planning to work in Australia on a 457 visa, 485 visa, or 417 visa, it’s important to know your rights at work, especially those covering your health and safety. We’ve answered some of the most commonly asked questions about your safety and rights at work.
What is Occupational Health and Safety?
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), also sometimes called Workplace Health and Safety, is the name for the rules that protect the safety, health and welfare of people at their places of work. OHS laws differ slightly from state to state but there are certain rights and processes that all business and organisations in Australia must follow.
No matter where you work, or what you do, while you’re in Australia it’s your right to be able to do so in a safe and secure environment, free from danger. There are laws in place to ensure that employers know their obligations to their employees, and there are consequences for neglecting them.
What are my OHS rights at work?
As we mentioned, OHS laws differ from state to state, but there are basic rights that every worker across Australia is entitled to. These are:
- Not to have your health and safety put at risk at your workplace
- Be provided with safe systems of work
- Have your health and safety conditions monitored by your employer
- Be provided with adequate facilities at work
- Be provided with accommodation, if needed
- Have a say in work health and safety issues that affect your work
- Refuse to perform work that you believe would put you at risk