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Work Health and Safety Act 2011 No 10
Current version for 6 January 2017 to date (accessed 23 May 2017 at 01:29)
Part 5 Division 6
Division 6 Right to cease or direct cessation of unsafe work
83   Definition of “cease work under this Division”
In this Division, cease work under this Division means:
(a)  to cease, or refuse, to carry out work under section 84, or
(b)  to cease work on a direction under section 85.
84   Right of worker to cease unsafe work
A worker may cease, or refuse to carry out, work if the worker has a reasonable concern that to carry out the work would expose the worker to a serious risk to the worker’s health or safety, emanating from an immediate or imminent exposure to a hazard.
85   Health and safety representative may direct that unsafe work cease
(1)  A health and safety representative may direct a worker who is in a work group represented by the representative to cease work if the representative has a reasonable concern that to carry out the work would expose the worker to a serious risk to the worker’s health or safety, emanating from an immediate or imminent exposure to a hazard.
(2)  However, the health and safety representative must not give a worker a direction to cease work unless the matter is not resolved after:
(a)  consulting about the matter with the person conducting the business or undertaking for whom the workers are carrying out work, and
(b)  attempting to resolve the matter as an issue under Division 5 of this Part.
(3)  The health and safety representative may direct the worker to cease work without carrying out that consultation or attempting to resolve the matter as an issue under Division 5 of this Part if the risk is so serious and immediate or imminent that it is not reasonable to consult before giving the direction.
(4)  The health and safety representative must carry out the consultation as soon as practicable after giving a direction under subsection (3).
(5)  The health and safety representative must inform the person conducting the business or undertaking of any direction given by the health and safety representative to workers under this section.
(6)  A health and safety representative cannot give a direction under this section unless the representative has:
(a)  completed initial training prescribed by the regulations referred to in section 72 (1) (b), or
(b)  previously completed that training when acting as a health and safety representative for another work group, or
(c)  completed training equivalent to that training under a corresponding WHS law.
86   Worker to notify if ceases work
A worker who ceases work under this Division must:
(a)  as soon as practicable, notify the person conducting the business or undertaking that the worker has ceased work under this Division unless the worker ceased work under a direction from a health and safety representative, and
(b)  remain available to carry out suitable alternative work.
87   Alternative work
If a worker ceases work under this Division, the person conducting the business or undertaking may direct the worker to carry out suitable alternative work at the same or another workplace if that work is safe and appropriate for the worker to carry out until the worker can resume normal duties.
88   Continuity of engagement of worker
If a worker ceases work under this Division, that action does not affect the continuity of engagement of the worker for prescribed purposes if the worker has not unreasonably failed to comply with a direction to carry out suitable alternative work:
(a)  at the same or another workplace, and
(b)  that was safe and appropriate for the worker to carry out.
89   Request to regulator to appoint inspector to assist
The health and safety representative or the person conducting the business or undertaking or the worker may ask the regulator to appoint an inspector to attend the workplace to assist in resolving an issue arising in relation to the cessation of work.
Note.
 The issue resolution procedures in Division 5 of this Part can also be used to resolve an issue arising in relation to the cessation of work.