03:41 pm, Wednesday 1 August, 2012
A new work health and safety resource kit for volunteers was launched to help remove uncertainty about how the new WHS laws apply.
The kit is part of the Australian Government’s continuing commitment in assisting volunteers and organisations in understanding the new work health and safety (WHS) laws.
This drive is a result of round table discussions hosted by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten with representatives from peak volunteer organisations earlier this year.
“Australian volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of unpaid work with an estimated unpaid labour cost of almost $15 billion each year,” said Mr Shorten.
“All workers, whether they are paid or unpaid, deserve to be safe at work.”
Mr Shorten acknowledged the valuable contribution of volunteers across the country and the importance of protecting them at work.
“The new WHS laws ensure that volunteers have the same level of protection as paid workers,” said Mr Shorten.
“The comprehensive resource kit will help remove any confusion by clearly showing volunteers and the organisations covered by the WHS laws how to comply with work health and safety requirements.”
The kit includes:
- A guide for volunteers;
- A guide for organisations that engage volunteers;
- A fact sheet; and
- A PowerPoint presentation and podcast.
The complete resource kit and more information on the WHS laws can be accessed from the Safe Work Australia website.