WorkCover NSW will hold a free webinar next week to help small businesses understand how to manage workplace risks under new work health and safety laws.
General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson said WorkCover was delivering a comprehensive program to help NSW business, industry and workers adjust to the laws that commenced in NSW on 1 January 2012.
“Under the new laws small businesses must do everything they can to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks,” Mr Watson said.
“This webinar will outline how to manage risks, including what to be aware of and the potential consequences if something goes wrong.
“WorkCover understands that many small business owners are too busy to attend workshops and the webinars provide the perfect opportunity for to ask questions about the new laws from the convenience of their workplace.
“Places are limited so go online and register today.”
Mr Watson said that WorkCover would commence a new webinar series in August as part of its Focus on Industry Program.
“The Focus on Industry Program targets the 10 highest risk industries in NSW as well as the five most common injuries and illnesses within these industries,” he said.
“Over the coming months we will be holding webinars on how businesses and workers can prevent workplace injuries.
“The August webinar will focus on manual handling with slips, trips and falls and sun safety covered during September and October.
“The Focus on Industry Program involves assisting employers and workers to make their workplaces more productive, healthy and safe.”
As an added incentive, small business owners with 20 or less full-time employees may also be eligible to claim a Small Business Rebate of up to $500 towards the cost of purchasing and installing eligible safety equipment after attending the webinar.
The webinar will be held on Wednesday, 25 July from 10am – 11am and webinar participants must pre-register here
WorkCover has also developed a range of guidance materials on the new laws, including fact sheets, tools and Frequently Asked Questions. Visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au
or call 13 10 50 for further information.
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4321 5474 or 0413 186 799