OHS Essentials program

WorkSafe Victoria's OHS Essentials is a free workplace safety consultation service, delivered by independent occupational health and safety (OHS) experts. The service is a great way to receive free, independent and personalised advice to manage safety at your workplace.

Date last updated

Wednesday 14 Jul 2021

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  • Health and safety representatives
  • Small business

Walk-in consultation delays

Due to current COVID-19 pandemic there may be delays in walk-in consultation of your workplace.

Benefit from a tailored safety action plan that comes to you

Do you own a small business with 60 workers or fewer? Small and medium businesses are busy but making your small business safe is essential. It often saves you time in the long run. The best part – the consultant comes to your business at a time that's convenient for you. The consultant will work with you to identify hazards and risks and provide a practical safety action plan, tailored to your business needs and size.

Benefit from a tailored safety action plan that comes to you

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The program’s consultants are not employed by WorkSafe and their recommendations are completely confidential.

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Benefit from practical, tailored safety advice from an independent OHS consultant.

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Your OHS consultant will come to your workplace and make safety recommendations right for your business.

What else should I expect?

  • The plan will help your organisation prioritise issues and provide advice on implementing strategies to avoid or resolve potential safety issues in your workplace.
  • Your initial on-site visit will last up to 3 hours, and any follow-up visits will be around 2-3 hours.
  • The consultant will also provide a follow-up service to see how you're tracking with the plan.

Who's eligible?

  1. Small and medium businesses

    Small and medium businesses (up to 60 workers) with a WorkCover insurance policy.

  2. Sole traders with contractors

    Sole traders with contractors may be also eligible to apply but must hold a WorkCover insurance policy.

  3. Farmers

    Farmers do not need a WorkCover insurance policy to be eligible for the OHS Essentials program. If you are a farmer please email the OHS Essentials team at [email protected] to submit your application.

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