Report that Risk
Your employer is obliged to ensure that your workplace is safe (as far as reasonably practicable), so if you experience or are aware of any problems which create risks to your health and safety at work, you need to report them.
Raising a workplace safety concern with your boss can sometimes seem like a daunting prospect. But if we let a dangerous incident go unresolved, it might potentially injure you or your workmates.
It could be something like a machine missing protective guards, poorly maintained, insufficient or broken equipment such as trolleys, pallet jacks, forklifts or other equipment used to move stock; heavy stock being stacked too high violent or abusive customers; poor housekeeping posing a trip hazard; or a colleague being bullied.
Or perhaps you feel that your training for a particular task was inadequate, or you need more help or time to do your job safely.
Whatever the issue, it’s important to remember that everyone has a right to work in a safe workplace.
Speak up before it’s too late!
If you need help, support or guidance at any time during this process, just speak to your Union Delegate, Union Organiser or contact the SDA.
REPORTING AN ISSUE
Report safety concerns to a supervisor, a health and safety committee member or your health and safety representative.
You might feel intimidated or awkward, but the few minutes it takes to talk – and hopefully find a solution – is nothing compared to the impact of an injury.
STILL A PROBLEM?
If you have reported an issue but it hasn’t been fixed, follow up with your manager to clarify where things are up to.
If the issue remains unresolved, or you are not happy with the response, report it to the SDA immediately.
Remember it’s against the law to be fired for raising a work health and safety issue.
Your boss may end up thanking you, as a safer and healthier workplace is also more profitable, with reduced absenteeism, improved productivity and fewer injuries.
We all deserve to go home safe to loved ones every day.
SEVEN TIPS FOR TALKING TO YOUR BOSS ABOUT SAFETY
- Before anything goes wrong, ask how a health and safety issue should be raised. Your boss may have a hazard reporting procedure in place.
- Be positive and speak up, out of concern for you and your co-workers’ safety.
- Be polite, respectful and avoid confrontational words.
- Try not to put your boss on the spot.
- Don’t blame the problem on your co-workers.
- Keep your body language in check – for example, don’t cross your arms or point your finger.
- If possible, suggest a potential solution for the problem.
SCARED TO REPORT BECAUSE YOUR BOSS MIGHT RETALIATE?
If you are scared, call us on 4961 4694 and talk to us about more ways that we can help and support you with reporting safety issues. Remember it is unlawful to be discriminated against for raising health and safety concerns.