Swan Hill businesses prepare for blitz

WorkSafe and Swan Hill Inc are hosting a safety information session ahead of a workplace inspection blitz on Swan Hill small businesses from 17-21 September.
News article published

Wednesday 29 Aug 2012

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  • Health and safety representatives
  • Small business

The WorkSafe session, which will be held on Thursday, 6 September, will advise businesses on what to expect from WorkSafe inspectors and how to prepare in the lead up the campaign.

The week-long inspections form part of WorkSafe’s ‘Safe Towns’ campaign which aims to improve health and safety practices in Victoria’s regional small businesses.

Specialised return to work inspectors will also form part of the visits, ensuring both small and medium sized businesses are meeting their return to work obligations.

WorkSafe’s General Manager for Health and Safety Operations, Lisa Sturzenegger, said Swan Hill businesses were strongly encouraged to come along to the information session.

“The information session is a great way for businesses to learn how to effectively identify and fix safety issues in their workplace,” she said.

“Our statistics show that over the past five years, there have been more than 580 reported injuries in the Swan Hill region, costing over $15.5 million in medical costs, wages and other expenses.

“So we want to work with the Swan Hill business community to reduce the number of injuries in the region and equip employers with solid safety know-how and practical solutions to apply in their workplaces.”

“Often the workplaces we visit during a Safe Towns campaign have never had an inspection before, so the information session is a great opportunity for Swan Hill employers to learn how the process works and how to prepare.

“We’ll have WorkSafe representatives available to talk one-to-one with employers and to answer questions specific to their business, “she said.

The session will be held at the All Seasons Resort, 405 Campbell Street, Swan Hill from 7.30am – 9am.

Tickets are $10 and include a cooked buffet breakfast. Bookings are essential and can be made to Rebecca at Swan Hill Inc on 5032 3033.