Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC has said five Central Coast businesses have taken up the challenge to find new ways to improve work health and safety after joining the 2018 SafeWork NSW Mentor Program.
Somersby business Adam Lowe Earthmoving, West Gosford businesses The Sandpiper Café and Tefco Engineering, Gorokan business Envy Automotive and Warnervale business Coastal Liner Coaches have been partnered with an experienced business to help them improve work health and safety measures and injury management.
Their mentors include Mark McGrath from Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, Maria Hooker from Allied Mills, Alexander Brownlie from Richard Crookes Construction, and Nathan Owens from Eden Brae Homes.
Mr MacDonald said the program was an important opportunity for smaller businesses to learn about best-practice workplace safety.
“The Mentor Program brings big and small businesses together, so they can explore different ways to manage workplace safety,” Mr MacDonald said.
“These mentors are some of the country's leading health and safety professionals who understand the daily safety challenges small businesses face.”
“Their knowledge and insight can lead to innovative solutions to safety, injury management and workers compensation issues.”
The SafeWork Mentor Program runs for three to six months and involves a series of site visits, advisory sessions and workshops. SafeWork also conducts free advisory and education sessions across a number of safety and injury management topics.
Since 2006, almost 550 businesses across NSW have taken part in the Mentor Program.
“This program helps to deliver on SafeWork’s overarching goal to create safer work environments.”
“This is another example of the NSW Liberal National Government’s commitment to businesses and employees.”
“I wish all those involved the best of luck, and look forward to seeing the positive results.”
For further information on the program, visit http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/health-and-safety/how-we-can-help/mentoring-program or call 13 10 50.