WorkSafe Victoria to conduct Echuca safety visits

A WorkSafe breakfast briefing for small businesses will be held in Echuca next Thursday, 28 July to provide employers with information on what to expect ahead of an intensive campaign targeting workplace safety.

Beginning August 15, WorkSafe inspectors will be visiting small businesses in Echuca over a one-week period to check on compliance with workplace health and safety and return-to-work laws.

Safety inspectors will visit small businesses and inspect whether employers are meeting their workplace safety obligations. Businesses 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.

Ahead of the campaign, WorkSafe is inviting small business operators in Echuca to a free breakfast next Thursday, July 28 where advice will be provided on:

  • Health and safety – what businesses can do to make safe places of work that prevents injuries or fatalities in your workplace. The briefing session will clearly explain how you can make sure that you are complying with OHS laws. Businesses will receive advice on what to expect when an inspector visits their workplace.
  • Return to work – what businesses can expect if a WorkSafe Return to Work (RTW) inspector visits their workplace. Businesses will also be taken through the RTW process were there is an injured worker.
  • WorkSafe Injury Insurance and Premium – an overview of the links between positive safety and RTW outcomes and the affect on your premium will be provided.

WorkSafe Manufacturing, Logistics and Agriculture Director, Ross Pilkington said the breakfast would provide an opportunity for employers to find out what to expect from the Safe Towns campaign.

“Basic safety issues could generally be made at little or no cost and often with improved productivity,” he said.

“It’s a good opportunity for employers, supervisors and workers to take some time-out to review their situation and consider what they can do to make a safer workplace.”

The breakfast will be held in the Murray Room, Quality Inn Port of Echuca, 465 High Street, Echuca from 7:30am to 9:00am.

To register, email: jane_fowler@worksafe.vic.gov.au or phone: 5443 8866