The WorkCover Safety Bus is expected to tour the central west within the week to provide work health and safety advice and assistance to local workers and businesses.
The Safety Bus will be visiting Oberon and Blayney to provide practical advice on new work health and safety laws, changes to high-risk work licences and WorkCover’s Small Business Rebate Program.
WorkCover’s Orange District Coordinator, David Young, encouraged local businesses and workers to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more from WorkCover’s health and safety experts.
“There are a number of changes to NSW work health and safety laws and licensing currently underway,” said Mr Young.
“This includes the start of harmonised national work health and safety laws on 1 January 2012 and the requirement to review and, if necessary, renew all high-risk work licences by 1 January 2013 as part of a national approach to uniform licensing.
“The tour is part of WorkCover’s comprehensive efforts to support NSW business and will provide an opportunity for local businesses and workers to ask questions and learn more.
“I encourage anyone wanting to learn more about work health and safety to approach our staff when the bus visits next week.”
Oberon Council General Manager, Alan Cairney said the Council is committed to ensuring the safety of workers. He also said the visit reinforces their culture of health and safety compliance and risk awareness.
“Workplace safety is the role of all employees, the community and individuals to ensure that our colleagues, friends and the general public are prevented from being injured and arrive home safe every day,” advised Blayney Shire Council General Manager, Mr Glenn Wilcox.
“No one wants to see another person injured, suffer long term disabilities or worse where an incident can be prevented.
“Council is very supportive of the Workcover Bus and the WorkCover representatives coming to the Blayney Shire community to advise on the planning for injury prevention in our workplaces or on the farm.”
WorkCover Safety Bus Dates and Locations
1pm to 2pm, Wednesday, 28 November, 137 Oberon Street, Oberon (outside Council chambers)
1pm to 2pm, Thursday, 29 November, 91 Adelaide Street, Blayney
For more information, visit the WorkCover NSW website.