New toolkit to improve workplace health and safety launched

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A new self-assessment toolkit to improve workplace health and safety in NSW has been launched.

The launch of the free Easy to Do Work Health and Safety toolkit coincides with national Safe Work Month.

Statistics show workers in NSW lost a total of 472,320 weeks to injury, with an average of 11 weeks per incident in 2016/17. The total cost to business was more than $950 million.

According to a 2017 independent survey, over 40 per cent of business advisors consider work, health and safety laws to be some of the most burdensome regulations for businesses.

Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean said the free toolkit will make it easier for small businesses to comply with their work health and safety (WHS) obligations.

“We have more than 700,000 small businesses in NSW, with many telling us that it’s not always easy to manage WHS,” said Mr. Kean.

“But the cost of injuries to workers and small businesses is significant, and preventing them is made easier by accessing the program launched by SafeWork NSW.

“This toolkit provides a free, simple self-assessment along with links to relevant advice and services and helps small businesses identify practical steps to improve health and safety.

“The Government is reducing red tape and making it easier for small business owners to comply with WHS obligations while keeping workers safe.

“This is a win-win for workers and small business owners, because we know the simpler safety is, the safer workers are.”

To view the Easy to Do Work Health and Safety toolkit, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au/easywhs

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