Does a worker have the right to refuse dangerous work?

The answer is YES, every individual worker has the right to refuse to do dangerous work.

Workers can refuse to work or cease work if they have reasonable concern that they are at serious risk eg: exposure to asbestos, workplace violence, toxic air or chemicals, falls from heights etc.

If a workers ceases work they must report their concern as soon as possible to the Person Conducting the Business or Undertaking (PCBU).  The worker must remain available to perform alternative work that is safe.

 

Right to cease or refuse unsafe work.pdf


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