WorkCover NSW will be reaching out to small businesses in Illawarra over July and August, with a new program designed to help them improve health and safety in their workplaces.
The Small Business Assistance After-Hours Program will be free and open to any small business in Illawarra and will give company owners and workers a chance to sit down with a WorkCover inspector one-to-one and discuss ways to make their businesses safer.
"Small businesses can be time and resource poor, making prioritising safety a challenge, said Billy McColl, WorkCover NSW Regional South team manager.
Meetings will be held at the safety authority's Wollongong office. Mr McColl said this will enable attendees to get away from the distractions of the workplace and allow them to really focus on how they can make their business safer for employees.
"Inspectors can discuss a range of issues including work health and safety laws, recent licensing changes, workers compensation and return to work programs," said Mr McColl.
After hours appointments will be available, and businesses that participate may be able to get a rebate through the Small Business Rebate Program, which they can then use when buying and installing safety enhancing items or features.
"I encourage all Illawarra small businesses that want to make their business and workers safer to contact us," Mr McColl said.
WorkCover NSW is also inviting the public to come and talk about workplace health and safety at the 2013 Safety Show and Conference, due to be held from September 3-5 at the Sydney Showground in Sydney Olympic Park.
In addition to being a sponsor, WorkCover will have a stand in the conference where the public can chat to industry experts about everything from making work premises safer to injury management and compensation.
They'll also be running free workshops on boosting health, safety and productivity in the workplace.
Getting expert advice can be very helpful for business owners looking to reduce the risks of accidents occurring at their premises.
Not only can they benefit from the knowledge of industry specialists, but also from the perspective of an outsider, which can often prove very perceptive.
It is a similar case for workers who have suffered an injury on the job. The rules and conditions surrounding injury compensation can be difficult to understand without the aid of specialist legal assistance.
Compensation lawyers only deal in personal injury law and can help workers seek compensation for their injuries through all the appropriate channels.