Consultation@Work conference

Are you confused about your workplace consultation obligations?

We are holding a free Consultation@Work conference at Sydney Cricket Ground on October 25.

Come along to learn about what good workplace consultation looks like, talk to others about their experiences, and gain a better insight into what your obligations are.

Author and TV personality Adam Spencer will lead the day. He will be joined by health, safety and security expert and lawyer Alena Titterton and safety and organisational culture specialist Robert Sams.

You will also be able to learn from the lessons learned from the tragic Deepwater Horizon oil spill during an interactive theatre performance.

Places are filling up fast. Take a look at the program and book your spot now.

On the road to 2022

It’s been a busy year since the WHS Roadmap for NSW 2022 was launched – and we’ve made some great progress.

We are well on the way to meeting our goals of a 20 per cent decline in worker fatalities, a 30 per cent decline in serious injuries and illnesses, and a 30 per cent reduction in serious musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses, and a a 30 per cent reduction in serious injuries and illnesses including those relating to mental disorders by 2022.

This is a snapshot of what we have achieved so far.

We have created ‘Safe’, a smart phone app that facilitates teams to resolve safety issues, and developed Safety Promise, an online tool that allows businesses to show their commitment to embedding a health and safety culture in their workplace.

We launched TradieSafe to reduce injuries in the Hunter region’s residential construction industry and conducted a forum to discuss the top 10 hazardous chemicals of concern.

The Get Healthy@Work team continues to promote health checks at business breakfasts and develop effective workplace health programs.

In our effort to build exemplary regulatory services, we have provided clarity to workers and customers around raising a work health and safety concern and notifying an incident, and what to expect when an investigation takes place.

We have also finalised eight enforceable undertakings that have generated over $2 million of work health and safety benefits flowing to NSW businesses and the community, and have begun a financial support scheme to help injured workers attend court for a sentence hearing.

We have commenced a review of training for health and safety representatives and have improved communication with businesses, workers and the community with the SaFE Mobility app.

Together with the NSW Office of the Small Business Commissioner and the Department of Primary Industries, we are applying design thinking to improve the safety culture of the farming community.

As we continue to build on these programs, our frontline inspectors continue delivering important services on the ground, responding to incidents and requests from our customers.

Read more and watch our anniversary video.

Take care of young workers

Workplace injury statistics can be a real worry – particularly when it comes to young workers.

Not only does research indicate that 15 to 25 year olds have a 75 per cent greater chance of being injured at work, but in NSW alone, 15 workers in this age group are injured every day.

The top incidents causing injury to young workers are manual handling, slips, trips and falls, being hit by or hitting moving objects, and falls from height. The most common injuries are sprains, strains and fractures, burns, open wounds, bruising and crushing – with hand injuries topping the list.

A contributing factor is often an inability to recognise and cope with potential hazards, which requires knowledge, skills and experience only achieved after months or years on the job. Considering your junior workers might be students doing part-time or casual work, they can be at a disadvantage.

But the good news is that you can help make a difference by drumming safe work practices and behaviours into young workers from day one. While all new workers must receive sufficient training, supervision and support to be able to work safely, younger workers may require more attention.

Ensure they fully understand your workplace safety induction and encourage them to ask questions about anything they are unsure about.

Partner them with a more experienced co-worker to act as a ‘work buddy’ and provide support and advice.

Finally, get them to check out how simple safety can be.

10 things you should know

Running a small business is hard work, but that doesn’t mean safety has to be. Here are 10 things you can do that will help your business comply with work health and safety regulations and keep your team safe.

  1. Get a workers compensation policy if you need one.
  2. Talk about safety and get input from your workers.
  3. Make sure everyone is properly trained and understands how to do their work safely.
  4. Establish safe working procedures.
  5. Provide adequate workplace facilities.
  6. Use personal protective equipment.
  7. Record any workplace injuries in a register.
  8. Notify us of serious incidents
  9. Have a recover at work program.
  10. If in doubt, ask for help – give us a call on 13 10 50.