Topic: workplace safety

New Graduates To Keep Victorians Safe At Work

The ranks of Victoria’s workplace safety watchdog have been boosted, with 25 new WorkSafe inspectors hitting the streets. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy welcomed the new inspectors at their graduation ceremony in Geelong today. WorkSafe inspectors can visit any workplace, anytime and can issue a range of improvement and prohibition notices to ensure that […]

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Dam Safety Under The Spotlight

The Andrews Labor Government is warning farmers and earthmoving contractors to be safe around dams following two serious incidents in April, including a fatality. Victoria has around 450,000 dams, many of which are on farms and private properties and have been significantly impacted by a lack of rainfall this year. The soil around dry dams […]

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Protecting Victorian Workers From Deadly Silica Dust

The Andrews Labor Government will launch an unprecedented compliance and enforcement blitz targeting over 300 high-risk workplaces – focusing on stonemasonry workshops to prevent the deadly lung disease silicosis. The comprehensive action plan, unveiled by Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy today, includes: A state-wide ban on uncontrolled dry cutting of […]

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Backing Those Workers Who Support Us

The Andrews Labor Government is backing our dedicated health workers through a new program that will help reduce the risk of mental injury. The We Care initiative is one of six new projects to share in $8.9 million from the Labor Government’s WorkWell program, which aims to promote mental wellbeing by changing workplace cultures and […]

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Improving The Mental Health Of Ballarat Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is backing residential aged care workers in Ballarat through a new program designed to support their mental health. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy today announced $1.27 million for a new Wellbeing Track and Change program, a partnership between Prevention United and Federation University Australia, who will work with staff and […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Workplace Safety, Western Victoria Region

Entries Open For The 2019 Worksafe Awards

Victorians with a passion for the health and safety of workers are encouraged to enter this year’s WorkSafe Awards. The awards highlight the incredible achievements of businesses and individuals to improve health and safety in the workplace and help those workers who have been injured on the job. They’re also an opportunity for workplaces to […]

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Ensuring Every Worker Makes It Home Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promise to make workplace manslaughter a criminal offence, with work kicking off on the development of the tough new laws. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy today met families whose loved ones died at work in the Delacombe trench collapse in 2018, and […]

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Asbestos Taskforce Kicks Off In The Latrobe Valley

A dedicated asbestos taskforce for the Latrobe Valley has got underway, ensuring locals have their say over the removal of dangerous asbestos waste material from former power station and industrial sites. Today Latrobe Health Advocate and taskforce Chair Jane Anderson kicked off the very first meeting of this important forum that will help boost confidence […]

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