Inspectors will be targeting small businesses between 14 and 18 March as part of the long-running Safer Work Zones campaign, Manufacturing and Logistics Director Ross Pilkington said.

“Small businesses to be visited by WorkSafe will receive an information pack in the post, outlining the kinds of safety issues which we expect to see addressed,” Mr Pilkington said.

“This is the time to get to grips with any health and safety issues in your workplace, rather than waiting till someone gets hurt.

“WorkSafe wants Preston businesses to sit down with their workers, identify any safety issues, and work out what can be done to eliminate them – before they’re visited by inspectors.

“We’d recommend that businesses concentrate on basic safety issues – things like sorting out poor housekeeping, making sure electrical equipment is tested and tagged, and ensuring that first aid kits are maintained.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to do this sooner rather than later. Don’t adopt a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude or wait until a WorkSafe inspector arrives to address health and safety issues,” he said.

Workplaces will also be visited by Return to Work inspectors, who will check that workplaces have a return to work plan in place for injured workers who are off work for more than 20 days, and are able to provide suitable work for injured workers.

Information packs will be distributed to small businesses prior to inspections, including a publication called 12 ways to make small business safer (also available on WorkSafe Victoria’s website).