Under WHS legislation, all employers are required to ensure the health and safety of anyone working in, or visiting, the workplace, and to control the risks associated with work.
If you’re working with, or exposed to, hazardous agents, your employer is required to:
- Conduct risk assessments
- Implement the Hierarchy of Controls and ensure you are following these
- In some industries, organise for you to undergo health monitoring and cover the costs
- Conform to Workplace Exposure Standards
- Issue you a Safety Data Sheet for each hazardous agent you’re exposed to.
There is an agency in each state and territory which deals with controlling hazardous agents at work, as well as a national body (Safe Work Australia). These agencies can assist employees if needed. Visit the Workplace Health and Safety Laws tab for information, including contact details.
It’s important to talk to your employer regularly about safety at work – you and your mates can work together to identify where hazardous agents are present and what you can do to prevent or reduce your exposure.
Disclaimer: This information is a guide only. It’s important you refer to the WHS standards and relevant regulating agency in your industry and state / territory.