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Free health and safety workshop for Gympie businesses

A free workshop to help improve the health and safety of workers in small-to-medium local businesses will be held in Gympie on May 13.

Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick said the workshop will provide business owners and managers with simple ideas and systems which they can put in place to make their workplaces safer.

"The Bligh Government is committed to helping make Queensland workplaces among the safest in the country," Mr Dick said.

"Having positive workplace health and safety practices in place can improve the morale of workers, increase productivity and, therefore, the success of the business.

"Next week's workshop will ensure local business owners and managers are armed with the information and advice they need to provide their employees with a safe and healthy workplace," he said.

Mr Dick said the most common causes of injuries in the workplace are slips, trips, falls and inappropriate or excessive lifting.

"These types of injuries can easily be prevented by implementing appropriate workplace health and safety practices," he said.

"Limited to 12 participants, the workshop will give employers a chance to talk one-on-one with the workshop's business advisors, to identify areas where they can improve their workplace health and safety."

The workshop will cover topics including:

  • Management commitment to safety
  • Consultation
  • Implementing safe work procedures
  • Training and supervising employees
  • Reporting safety issues
  • Workers compensation and return to work programs
  • Self assessing your business.

The workshop, being run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), will be held from 11am to 2pm at the Conference Room, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, corner of Cartwright Road and Louisa Street, Gympie.

People who want to attend the free work shop can register online at www.worksafe.qld.gov.au under the Small Business section.

For further information about the workshop please contact the WHSQ Infoline on 1300 369 915 and ask for the small business advisor in Nambour or email safesmallbusiness@deir.qld.gov.au.

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Last reviewed
31 May 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015

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