A recent survey of more than 2000 workers found that one in five have made a complaint about a workplace safety issue that was never fixed.
One in 10 workers were too afraid to report safety issues because they might be fired and one in 20 have been demoted after making a safety complaint at work.
The survey also found that 37 per cent of workers have witnessed a colleague not reporting their injury at work for fear of losing their job.
Consultation is a good way to use the knowledge and experience of your staff to achieve a safer and healthier workplace.
Through talking about safety, you can become more aware of hazards in the workplace and workers can provide suggestions about how the work could be done safely.
This short video outlines the basics of consultation at work and is available in Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese.
Are you confused about your obligations when it comes to workplace consultation?
SafeWork NSW has launched a ‘one-stop shop’ Consultation @ Work toolkit, designed to help improve work health and safety and consultation practices in NSW workplaces.
The toolkit provides a wealth of information that will help NSW workplaces comply with their workplace consultation obligations, to ensure their business is healthy, safe and more productive.
All NSW workplaces have a legal obligation to consult with their workers. The toolkit brings together all the information that a business needs to be able to do this.
The toolkit includes tailored videos and animations, real life case studies, and simple advice.
It has been developed in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, and will evolve over time to include new content.
Take a look at the Consultation @ Work toolkit today. If you have feedback or suggestions, email email@example.com.