Work Safety is incredibly important. Thankfully most employers and employees are prepared to do whatever is necessary to avoid harming or injuring ourselves or others in the workplace. That makes sense. However, use the expression ‘Occupational Work, Health and Safety’ and plenty of us think that’s someone else’s responsibility. ‘It’s dull and boring; best left to the bean-counters to worry about’. Dull and boring it well may be but it’s a serious business. If you don’t want to be bothered, make sure you find a bean-counter to do your bothering. Try ignoring it and you’ll finish up being badly bitten and that costs plenty.
If you are self-employed, like most growers and if you only occasionally use casuals or contractors to work the block, you have no option; you have to bother yourself. Not sure where to start? Try SafeWork SA. Ring Mercedes Iasiello on (08) 8303 9939. SafeWork SA is the Government Agency that’s there to help. Mercedes will answer all your questions about your obligations and offer advice about how to avoid the other agency: ReturnToWorkSA.
As the state’s occupational health, safety and welfare agency, SafeWork SA achieves success by working with employers, employees, unions and industry representatives to ensure compliance and help people understand and meet their obligations. SafeWork SA delivers a full range of workplace safety, public safety and industrial relations services to promote and encourage safe, fair and productive working lives in South Australia.