25 September 2023

Online safety kit in safe hands

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SafeWork NSW has launched a new digital version of its popular Easy to do WHS Toolkit.

Executive Director of Specialist Services at SafeWork NSW, Andrew Gavrielatos, said the new resource was prompted when small businesses across NSW showed they embraced support to improve health and safety in their workplaces.

Mr Gavrielatos said that since a hard copy of the toolkit had become available in October 2018 it had been downloaded more than 9,500 times and more than 5,600 hard copies had been handed out.

“The toolkit is an essential small-business tool, enabling operators to improve their awareness, knowledge and capacity to manage health and safety in their workplace,” Mr Gavrielatos said.

“This digital version is a real benefit to the state’s 700,000 small businesses as it provides an online self-assessment tool with tailored advice, information and practical templates.”

He said small businesses don’t always feel they have the time, resources or expertise when it comes to managing workplace health and safety.

“The digital Easy to do WHS Toolkit makes this easier,” he said.

“A safe working environment means designing and maintaining your workplace to minimise physical and mental health risks – and this toolkit helps you identify what those risks are.

“The kit helps operators fulfil their obligations in putting together a Return to Work policy, as well as covering topics like reporting of incidents and making the workplace safer.”

Mr Gavrielatos said the toolkit was accessible on most devices as part of SafeWork NSW’s newly redeveloped website.

“This site provides up to date content, information and safety videos, with the ability to translate into multiple languages,” he said.

The new Easy to Do Work Health and Safety toolkit can be accessed at this PS News link.

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