With Tasmanian workers returning from the Christmas/New Year break, and with Covid-19 numbers having risen sharply, there will undoubtedly have been significant impacts in your workplace.
The ASU advocates for HSRs to be consulted per the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 at every step and for all changes implemented in your workplace. HSR’s are the backbone for all workers to have the safest possible workplace during the current pandemic. This is WorkSafe’s definition of consultation –
“Consultation means both providing your workers with information and taking into account their views before making decisions affecting work health and safety. It allows you to really get to know your workplace, workers and the hazards they face. Consultation is actually a legal requirement and an essential part of managing work health and safety risks.”
As a HSR, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your working group colleagues to ensure they are feeling safe and their voices are being heard in these critical times.
If your employer is not listening to you or your colleagues, you feel these decisions are arbitrary or make your workplace unsafe, you as an elected HSR have the right to demand your employer follows these sections of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012:
- Section 47 – Duty to consult workers
- Section 81 – Resolution of health and safety issues
- Section 85 – Health and safety representative may direct that unsafe work cease
If at any time you require assistance from the ASU, please notify your employer using Section 68 (2) (g) (whenever necessary, request the assistance of any person), tell them the ASU will be assisting you with this matter from here and call the ASU Member Contact Centre on 1300 855 570 or firstname.lastname@example.org