A Workcover press release states that their inspectors will be undertaking inspections of businesses in Fitzroy as part of a national campaign targeting unsafe workplaces with a particular focus on young workers:
Cafes and restaurants in Fitzroy, Collingwood and St Kilda are encouraged to get ready for a targeted workplace inspection campaign over April and May.
The visits back-up WorkSafe’s recent controversial advertising campaign focusing on young workers.
The inspection campaign is being run nationally and intended to help employers provide safer workplaces and better understand their obligations to new and young workers who are a major part of the hospitality sector.
The campaign is also designed to increase the awareness of new workers and those under 25 about their workplace health and safety rights and responsibilities.
Inspectors will be checking that new and young workers are:
- Provided with a working environment in which they are not exposed to hazards
- Provided with the necessary information, instruction and training to complete their work safely
- Adequately supervised
- Consulted and communicated with about workplace health and safety issues.
Inspectors will also check for safety hazards including electrical safety, chemical use and storage, plant and equipment guarding, manual handling issues, slips trips & falls and workplace violence.
I am interested in hearing from employees and employers about their experiences in relation to these issues.