Twenty-two new inspectors and investigators have been added to WorkSafe Victoria’s frontline team.
The new inspectors have backgrounds in a wide range of industries including health care, construction, motor sport, government and major hazard facilities. Seven of these graduates are women.
The new recruits will be assigned in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Shepparton, and Wangaratta.
They will be joining an inspectorate that makes over 40,000 visits to Victorian workplaces every year, targeting unsafe activities, providing practical guidance on hazard identification and risk control, promoting consultation between employers and workers on health and safety matters, and enforcing occupational health and safety laws.
“The inspectorate is at the forefront of ensuring employers prioritise safety and do everything they can to prevent a serious injury or fatality in their workplace,” said Minister for Finance Robin Scott.
“That is why the Government is committed to ensuring WorkSafe has the resources it needs to help Victorian workers return home safely every day.”
WorkSafe Executive Clare Amies says the new graduates would bring a broad range of expertise to their new roles.
“It’s pleasing to see such diversity in the backgrounds of our latest recruits, particularly as WorkSafe embraces the challenges that arise from an ever-changing workforce,” said Ms. Amies.
“While the number of workplaces in Victoria continues to grow, it is pleasing that the number of workplace injuries continues to decline. However, there is always more that all of us can do to improve health and safety in Victoria.
“Our new graduates will join an inspectorate committed to educating employers about their duties, enforcing OHS laws and prosecuting those who do the wrong thing.”