Staying safe at work is not always as simple as keeping your wits about you and being focused.
Sometimes there are certain rules that you need to abide by, and specific skills that you need to learn, before you can do some jobs.
This is particularly relevant to careers where the operation of heavy machinery is required or the work is physical, such as jobs in mining and construction.
Yet even your average small business worker or office employee need to learn about workplace health and safety.
It’s important to have a good understanding of the laws and recommendations surrounding staying safe at work, so that preventative measures can be put in place and catastrophic injury can be avoided.
To help workers and business owners learn more about these types of regulations, WorkCover will be touring western NSW next week.
WorkCover operators will be travelling in a special safety bus, starting their trip on Monday August 6 and finishing up later that week.
If you want to speak to these officials, you can find them at Forbes on Tuesday August 7, Condobolin Wednesday August 8 and Parkes CBD Thursday August 9. Every day they will be there between the hours of 09:30 and 11:30 in the morning.
Paul Dunphy, director of operations for WorkCover’s work health and safety division, is encouraging people to make the most of this opportunity and visit the bus, especially if they are interested in the new laws and legislation.
“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 about the new laws and licensing changes,” Mr Dunphy explained in a statement issued today (July 2).
“I encourage anyone wanting to learn more about work health and safety to approach our staff when the bus visits next week,” he added.
For those not in Western NSW, there is plenty of detailed information about the laws available on WorkCover’s official website.
If you are ever involved in an accident at work, then you may be interested to know that you could be eligible for compensation.