All teachers are entitled to a safe work place free from physical and mental hazards and risks. A safeworkplace is the right of every employee in Australia.
On this part of the site you will find information on the law, safety representatives, hazards, safety and health news, compensation, rehabilitation and counselling and links to other relevant sites.
The most important reason to make your workplace safe is not at work at all. On average 51 Western Australians are injured at work each day. There are a number of simple things that can be done to assist in making the workplace a safer place. If you aren't in a position to implement change, consult with someone who can.
The Union movement in Australia has fought and campaigned relentlessly to improve the safety, health and welfare of workers. Initially their involvement was in securing compensation for employees injured at work. In the 1980’s their attention turned to a legislative base for the safety of workers aimed at prevention. This has led to the comprehensive safety and health legislation that exists in Western Australia and other Australian States and Territories.
SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES MAKE WORKPLACES SAFER
The SSTUWA cares about the safety and health of members. It is a high priority for this Union and a full time Occupational Safety and Health professional is employed to ensure that this Union is a leader in the field of improving conditions for its members.
Joy Barrett is the SSTUWA's full time Occupational Safety and Health expert who is widely respected for her knowledge and practical solutions to issues affecting teachers. She is available to help and train workplace Occupational Safety and Health reprentatives and support members in achieving a safer school for teachers, students and the public.
The Occupational Health and Safety portal of this website is part of the SSTUWA’s commitment to provide quality support and information for all teachers, and community members but in particular for safety and health representatives working in schools and colleges.