Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said three local businesses have taken up the challenge to find new ways to improve work health and safety after joining the 2018 SafeWork NSW Mentor Program.
Cessnock businesses The Mine Shaft Restaurant and Function Centre, and Coalfields Climate Control have been partnered with Rob Gleeson from Corrective Services NSW to help them improve work health and safety measures and injury management.
Warners Bay business Precision Taxation Accounting and Management has been partnered with David Maher from Westpac.
Mr MacDonald said the program was an 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 tackle 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 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.