At risk workers
At risk workers are people who could be at a greater risk of injury or illness while on the job.
Although, at risk workers can generally do the job, they might just need extra consideration of their personal situation when managing any potential risk to their safety.
Examples of at risk workers
They can be inexperienced, lack insight to recognise safety risks and not willing to speak up.
Information about mental health in young workers can be found in our young workers and mental health flyer.
New workers, apprentices and trainees, and contractors
They might not be familiar with the workplace, or aware of the systems in place to keep them and others safe.
Workers with low literacy skills, or migrant or culturally and linguistically diverse workers
If staff can't read or write properly, it can affect their ability to understand and follow instructions, exposing them to greater risk.
Workers with a disability
They may require adjustments or modifications that foster an inclusive workplace and help them work safely.
They can be more prone to health-related risks, like colds and flues, or sensitive to the effects of biological agents or chemicals like, air fresheners or fertilizers.
If you're an employer you must provide:
- a safe and healthy workplace
- safe equipment, structures, and systems of work
- adequate workplace amenities and facilities
- information, training and supervision
- the opportunity for you to talk about work health and safety
If you're a worker you are required to take reasonable care of yourself, and not do anything that would affect the health and safety of others at work.
You must follow any reasonable health and safety instructions from your employer. It is important that you:
- ask if you are not sure how to safely perform the work
- follow instructions and work safely
- report unsafe and unhealthy situations and injuries to your immediate supervisor
To understand your legal obligations, check out simple safety — we have summarised them in simple, plain English.
We have a your rights at work fact sheet which explains the basic responsibilities of the worker and the employer. We also have this fact sheet in other languages.
Click here if you'd like to read this fact sheet in Arabic.PDF File, 664.8 KB, 18/03/16
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Click here if you'd like to read this fact sheet in Hindi.PDF File, 665.6 KB, 18/03/16
Click here if you'd like to read this fact sheet in Filipino.PDF File, 635.4 KB, 18/03/16
Click here if you'd like to read this fact sheet in Chinese.PDF File, 793.5 KB, 18/03/16
Click here if you'd like to read this fact sheet in Malay.PDF File, 634.9 KB, 18/03/16