02:12 am, Thursday 3 October, 2013
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SafeWork SA aims to educate workers holding temporary working visa on their rights and responsibilities under South Australia’s work health and safety laws and is making this information available online and through Regional Development Australia Committees, employment agents and backpacker accommodation across the state.
“Work health and safety is anything but temporary and all workers need to know that they have the right to safe working conditions, to refuse unsafe work, to report unsafe conditions as well as receive fair pay,” said Marie Boland, A/Executive Director, SafeWork SA.
“It is also important for workers to understand that they are required to take reasonable care to keep themselves safe, and not adversely affect the health and safety of others at work.
“One of the best ways for workers to gain information about the workplace is through an induction when they start a job. Showing people how to safely carry out their duties and what to do in an emergency is a great starting point,” said Ms Boland.
“South Australia has a long tradition of welcoming people from around the world to work with us on a temporary basis, be it on farms, in vineyards, our hospitals or universities.
“We also have a long tradition of fostering safe, fair and productive working lives. Helping people understand our work health and safety laws, and their part in ensuring safety for everyone, keeps that tradition strong.”
She further said that with the harmonised work health and safety laws now in effect in South Australia, workers enjoy the same standard and protection as in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and the Commonwealth.