WorkCover Advisory Service
The health and safety of workers is important to all business owners. WorkCover Tasmania have established a FREE advisory service aimed at helping small to medium employers (with less than 200 workers) to better manage workplace health and safety.
The WorkCover Advisory Service offers practical and friendly OHS advice including: personally visiting your workplace.
-holding information sessions.
-running education programs.
-providing safety publications.
-providing the tools you will need to make changes in your workplace.
The Advisory Service is independent and your dealings will be in-confidence. The Advisory Service is not involved in enforcement or prosecution, and its staff are not Inspectors.
For more information on the Advisory Service click here, telephone the Helpline on 1300 366 322 or email email@example.com
New and Young Workers
The Advisory Service also provides advice and education about new and young worker issues.
Do you employ workers that are:
- starting their first job?
- trainees or apprentices?
- re-entering the workforce after a break for study or family commitments?
- work experience students, vocational education and training (VET) students, or students doing a workplace learning program while still attending school?
- changing careers?
- relocating to a new department, workplace or location within the same company?
If so, you should give some thought to some of the health and safety aspects of being a new worker.
Why new workers have different needs
Starting a new job isn’t easy. There’s so much to learn — from the boss’s name to the filing system and the all-important location of the tearoom.
The workplace can be a dangerous place where new workers are faced with hazards such as moving machinery, knives, heat, chemicals and stress in their day-to-day tasks.
Young workers in particular are vulnerable because although they’re eager to impress their boss and new workmates, their life skills and levels of experience and judgment are not well developed.
New worker resources
WorkCover Tasmania has resources to help you focus on some of the health and safety aspects for new workers. For more information, click here or telephone the Helpline on 1300 366 322.
Resources and Publications
WorkCover Tasmania produce a number of publications and resources to assist you to manage health and safety in your workplace.
Making Your Small Business Safer and Healthier is a concise, practical resource kit for small business operators in Tasmania. It will help you create a simple system to manage health and safety in your workplace. By following the steps in the guide and applying them to your business, you will be off to a good start to a safer and healthier workplace.
The Welcome to the Workplace Kit focuses on some of the health and safety aspects of being a new worker. The Kit is made up of:
- Guide for New Workers booklet
- Guide for Employers booklet
Making Your Factory Safer and Healthier is a guide to help you make your factory safer and healthier, by providing practical information and useful tools. There are also examples of real-life workplace accidents that have happened in factories in Tasmania.
The Body Strain Prevention Kit consists of:
- Body Strain Prevention for Workers booklet
- Body Strain Prevention for Employers kit
The Body Strain Prevention for Employers kit provides a practical system for managing manual handling risks in the workplace, and also provides general information and specific guidance for black spot occupations.
There are many more publications and resources available, including posters that you can display in the workplace. For a full listing click here or contact the Helpline on 1300 366 322.
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