Topic: workplace safety

Protecting Retail Workers This Festive Season

The Andrews Labor Government is urging retail sector employers to look after their workers during the busy Christmas period. November and December are traditionally the peak months for the retail industry and its casual workforce grows substantially to meet the demands of shoppers. This includes large numbers of workers hired for temporary positions, whose inexperience […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Workplace Safety

Dodgy Operators Storing Dangerous Goods On Notice

Victorians are being asked to keep a look out for dodgy operators storing or handling dangerous goods in a way that might put the community at risk. An Andrews Labor Government awareness campaign has been launched urging members of the public to call WorkSafe if they suspect dangerous goods – such as drums or containers […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Workplace Safety

Quad Bike Rebate Extended To Improve Farm Safety

The Andrews Labor Government is extending the quad bike rebate by nine months to help Victorian farmers improve safety on their properties. For the first time farmers with other businesses, who do not operate properties as their primary source of income, will also have access to the rebate following a change to the scheme’s eligibility […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Workplace Safety

Ladder Safety Blitz Underway With Employers On Notice

The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers to protect their workers from serious injury or death when using portable ladders. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy and WorkSafe Victoria visited Braybrook today to announce inspectors have been targeting housing estates and apartment developments as part of a three week blitz. This follows a spate of […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Workplace Safety

Worksafe Health And Safety Ambassadors Unveiled

Geelong Football Club triple premiership star Cameron Ling has joined forces with international journalist and news presenter Anjali Rao to promote WorkSafe Health and Safety Month. Rao and Ling will share their own experiences to promote workplace health and safety events around the state throughout October. WorkSafe received 26,936 claims for workplace injuries in 2018/19. […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Workplace Safety

Regulations Banning Dry Stone Cutting Now In Effect

New regulations introduced by the Andrews Labor Government banning the uncontrolled dry cutting of engineered stone to protect Victorian workers from exposure to deadly silica dust are now in effect. Employers must now ensure power tools are not used to cut, grind or abrasively polish engineered stone unless on-tool water suppression or dust extraction devices […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Workplace Safety

Targeting Employers Flouting Workplace Safety Rules

A new workplace health and safety awareness campaign targeting employers who risk workers’ lives is warning they face tough penalties if they do the wrong thing. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy joined Worksafe inspectors today to launch the new ‘More Inspectors. More Inspections.’ campaign which highlights the consequences for employers who fail to protect […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Workplace Safety

Helping The Western Bulldogs Kick Goals In The Community

Communities in Melbourne’s west and western Victoria will be the big winners from a new partnership with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, backed by the Andrews Labor Government. The three-year deal with WorkSafe Victoria will help the Bulldogs foundation continue to develop young leaders, as well as encouraging social diversity and inclusion. It will also […]

Categories: Minister for Workplace Safety, Ministers

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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