07:45 am, Thursday 15 July, 2010
As part of the program, restaurants across the state will be randomly chosen and inspected. Inspections will continue throughout the financial year and will cover both regional and metropolitan areas.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Nina Lyhne said the campaign will focus on raising awareness of the safety risks and information dissemination for employers.
“This inspection program is part of an ongoing program of proactive inspections aimed at providing employers with information on how to make workplaces safer,” Ms Lyhne said.
“The relevant industry bodies are being contacted in advance and advised of what the inspectors will be looking for.”
“New and young workers and their induction, training and supervision is a major concern to WorkSafe, and our inspectors will also be ensuring that all is in order in that regard during this inspection program,” Ms Lyhne said.
“These proactive inspection programs primarily aim to raise awareness of hazards and provide employers with information, but inspectors will also take enforcement action where necessary.
“We firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive campaigns is the best way in which to lessen the risk of work-related injury and illness.”