Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union


Health and safety at work

Health and safety at work

Hearing loss is 100% Preventable but 100% Irreversible:  

Did you know that nearly one in five workers will suffer hearing loss over the course of their working life -- join the AMWU campaign to lower the noise levels in our workplaces. 

If you are concerned or unsure about the noise levels at your workstation, or in your workplace, talk to your HSR immediately.

If you do not have a HSR in your workplace, please let us know here.

The Fair Work Commission, in handing down its decision on casuals right to request permanency, has acknowledged that long term casual work is unhealthy. 

Some Hot Tips for new HSRs - from some old hands

A mobile phone app called ACM Check (short for “Asbestos-Containing Material Check”) has been developed by researchers at Curtin University in WA. The app  aims to raise awareness about asbestos in residential settings. ACM Check  is available for free from the App Store [click here] and Google Play [click here]. Check it out - and share it. 

Welding fumes cause lung cancer -  The International Agency for Research on Cancer has found new evidence to conclude that welding fumes cause lung cancer and melanoma of the eye. Welding fumes are a possible cause of kidney cancer but the evidence to support this finding is not as strong. It is essential that welders and others use good extraction ventilation to decrease exposures. See here for more information on the hazards of welding. 

In an absolutely amazing win, 4 NSW HSRs have had their right to choose a HSR training provider upheld. See the detail on our HSR training page. Click here. 

Injured or ill: Knowing what to do when you are injured can be confusing -- here is our advice in English - in Mandarin - in Vietnamese


If you wish to register your exposure to asbestos - at home or at work - you can register with the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency

If you are an AMWU HSR sign up to our FaceBook page -- AMWU Health and Safety Reps. 


Dec 21, 2017

Orders from the Supreme Court - Notice

Orders from the Supreme Court have stipulated that we, the AMWU must post the attached...

Sep 21, 2017

Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books & Writers

The launch of the recently formed group the ‘Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers’...

Sep 15, 2017

No Whyalla Wipe-Out: AMWU members celebrate their win with the Community

The next chapter in Whyalla’s rich history in Steelmaking officially started on the 1st September,...

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