Worker Health and Safety Tips: Introduction

Worker Health and Safety

You have a right to be safe at work.
You and the Participant both have a right to be safe during a service.

Support worker and Participant in wheelchair
Support Worker and Participant

Language: Did you know

A hazard is something that has the potential to cause harm.

A hazard can be an object, task, environment, person, animal or situation.

Likelihood of injury: The chance or probability that a hazard will cause an injury.

Risk: The expected level of harm that may occur from a hazard.

According to Workplace Health and Safety regulations:  Your employer

  1. Your employer must talk to you and get input from you regarding safety issues.

According to Workplace Health and Safety regulations:  You

  1. You must take reasonable care for your own health and safety at the workplace.

  2. You must take reasonable care that what you do or don’t do, does not harm others at the workplace.

  3. You must comply, so far as reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given by your employer to keep the workplace healthy or safe.

  4. You must co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure that is given to you by your employer related to health or safety at the workplace.

  5. You need to constantly monitor your workplace and work tasks for hazards.

Good practice in your organisation

  1. Have a check in system so people know your whereabouts

  2. Report hazards to your supervisor.

  3. Participate in training, in-services and continuing education to improve your knowledge, skills and safety.

  4. Participate in team meetings because others may have similar concerns about learning new information to improve care or safety and may benefit from your input.

Your good practice

  1. Report hazards to the Participant as appropriate.

  2. Don’t put others at risk of injury by ignoring a hazard.

  3. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the job you are going to be doing. It is a physically active job and you should be comfortable while doing it.

  4. Wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.