Temporary visas, but permanent rights
Holders of temporary working visas have the same safety rights and responsibilities like everyone else, says SafeWork SA.
“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 SafeWork SA Acting Executive Director Marie Boland in a media statement.
“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.”
Temporary workers have a right to be shown how to work safely – it’s not just down to common sense.
SafeWork SA has released a fact sheet outlining a number of steps employers should take to ensure the safety of workers on temporary visas.
Some of these steps include showing temporary workers how to use the equipment they will be operating; providing workers with safety gear and showing them how to use and wear it; introducing workers to their immediate supervisor, health and safety representative (HSR) and the people they will be working with; telling workers about the safety policies and procedures; and being clear about everyone’s role and responsibility for safety.
For more details, visit the SafeWork SA fact sheet.
Published on 10 October 2013 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.