“A moment is all it takes for an injury to happen at work and change the course of a worker’s life.”
Workplace Relations Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith reminded everyone to make safety a priority in the workplace as Safe Work Month is being celebrated this month.
“it is important that Canberrans recognise that being safe at work and a culture of safety at work is important to all workers, in all industries and at all levels,” she said.
Ms. Stephen-Smith said the ACT Government has committed to undertaking several significant reviews and reforms to improve workplace safety including:
- an independent review of the ACT’s compliance infrastructure, policies and procedures;
- amendments to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to support greater collaboration in the construction industry through the election of health and safety representatives and committees, and the introduction of compulsory training for these roles;
- introduction of the Secure Local Jobs Package to ensure that the ACT Government only contracts with companies that uphold the highest standards when it comes to workers’ rights and safety; and
- a commitment to introduce a labour hire licensing scheme in the ACT.
“In addition to specific Safe Work Month activities, WorkSafe ACT’s Young Worker and Apprentice Audit will continue, with the focus moving into the automotive, community and health services sectors,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.
“This is an important proactive activity by WorkSafe ACT, with inspectors so far visiting more than 120 workplaces and having conversations with more than 240 apprentices and young workers. In addition, training and support has reached more than 1000 apprentices and young workers.
“The ACT Government will always stand up for local workers and their right to go home safely each day.
“Safe Work Month is an opportunity to remind ourselves that safety is everyone’s responsibility, and to take a moment for safety.”
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