SafeWork NSW’s Mentor Program to be launched on the Far North Coast

SafeWork NSW will be running its Mentor Program on the Far North Coast in 2018.

The announcement was made during the Annual General Meeting of the North Coast Safety Network at Workers Sports Club today.

The Mentor Program aims to help small businesses identify new ways to improve safety in the workplace. It is offered free and involves experienced business pairing with a small business to find ways to improve work health and safety, workers’ compensation and injury management.

“The Mentor Program is about helping small businesses find new solutions to work health and safety, workers’ compensation, and injury management challenges,” said SafeWork NSW Director, Region North, Laurence Richey.

“It not only enables them to improve safety but also improves their competitiveness and productivity through a series of site visits, advisory sessions, and workshops.

“Since 2006, 485 NSW businesses have participated in the Mentor Program with more than 90 percent of mentees saying they improved work health and safety in their business.

“We’re calling on experienced safety experts and small businesses on the Far North Coast to come together and think about how they can create a safety culture at their workplace.”

Mr Richey said it was the first time the Program has been tailored specifically to Far North Coast businesses.

“Traditionally it has been a state-wide program where mentors and mentees travelled long distances to collaborate,” he said.

“By running a targeted program for Far North Coast businesses, mentors can be more accessible and the Program can be tailored to the participants’ work schedules.”

To be a mentee, a business must employ less than 20 full-time workers or equivalent. Mentees are qualified to apply for a $ 500 rebate after making a safety improvement on their workplace through SafeWork’s Small Business Rebate Program.

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