What is an unsafe work practice?

  • Not securing the guard before turning on a machine
  • Leaving large boxes in the way of staff in a corridor, or in front of the fire exit
  • Trailing an electrical extension cord across the workspace
  • Not wearing a hard hat on a construction site
  • Not having fall protection if you are working at heights
  • Slippery floors
  • Bullying
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of training

Unsafe work practices threaten the physical and mental health of staff.

Unsafe work practices are avoidable with good management, training and awareness.

You should speak up if you think you could be hurt at work. We want you to return home to your family and friends injury-free every day.

The facts are: more than 15,000 young people aged up to 25 years old in NSW are injured at work each year. While some injuries may only have a short-term impact, others are irreversible and life-changing for young workers, family and friends.

Your obligations

As an employee you have an obligation to:

  • taking reasonable care of yourself and others
  • not doing anything that would affect the health and safety of others at work
  • following 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.

Advise your supervisor immediately if you see a safety problem at work.


  • understand the risks and don’t perform tasks you haven’t done before without training, supervision or instruction
  • talk and build working relationships with more experienced workers
  • ask questions to make sure you understand what is expected of you
  • report WHS concerns promptly, so that immediate action can be taken to resolve the issue
  • know your WHS policies and procedures (remember ask questions if you don’t understand)
  • use the required personal protective equipment.

Employer obligations

Your employer must provide:

  • supervision
  • the work environment, systems of work, machinery and equipment are safe and properly maintained
  • safe premises with adequate workplace facilities (the shop floor, docking area, the building site etc) and facilities (the kitchen, the toilets etc)
  • chemicals are handled and stored safely
  • information, instruction, training in WH&S are provided
  • a workplace free from bullying and harassment.

Work Health and Safety Act 2011

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 :

  • describes the procedures and activities that are needed to protect the health, safety and welfare of all people at the workplace
  • makes it clear that everyone has a role to play, including you as an employee.
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Your responsibility in this arrangement

  • Ensure that your nominated account can accept direct debits (your financial institution can confirm this).
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  • Advise MBANSW in writing if the nominated account is transferred or closed.

Please note that if your payment is dishonoured by your financial institution, a re-draw will take place within 7 days.

Any transaction fees payable by MBANSW in respect to a dishonoured payment will be added to your account.


Please direct all enquiries to MBAS (02) 8586 3533 or apprenticeship@mbansw.asn.au;

Please include your phone and email address.

I/We authorise MBANSW to arrange for funds to be debited from my/our nominated account at the financial institution identified below.

This authority to direct debit will remain in place in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.