Online resource helps students work safely
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A new and updated version of workplace safety and health resource WorkSafe SmartMove was launched today by Commerce Minister Michael Mischin.
SmartMove is a free-of-charge resource for senior high school students and young workers who are entering the workforce on work placements, work experience or as school-based apprentices or trainees.
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch stressed the importance of providing information on workplace safety and health as early as possible.
“The more education we can give our young people on workplace safety and health the better, especially when they’re going into real workplaces for the first time,” Mr McCulloch said.
“The updated SmartMove package includes instructions for teachers, and can be completed online by whole classes or individually as homework, or it can be downloaded and printed off for students.
“Students who register on the website read the material provided then complete a quiz to receive a certificate.
“The new initiative for students is the SmartMove Safety Passport, a pocket-sized folder students can fill with cards displaying the units they have completed.
“They can then present this Passport to prospective host employers as proof that they have a good grounding in workplace safety and health.
“Already the schools that use SmartMove will not allow students to go into workplaces until they have completed the program. In addition, there are retail outlets that require a SmartMove certificate before they allow students to work in their stores.
“The new package also incorporates text-to-speech technology for students with special needs, and a module specifically designed for students with learning difficulties.”
The first resource of its type in Australia, SmartMove has been educating students across the country for more than 20 years, and is being increasingly used overseas.
Over the past year, the package has undergone a wide-ranging transformation into a state-of-the-art web-based resource. Since going live on the website for testing in mid-July, almost 11,000 users have registered with SmartMove.
WorkSafe SmartMove can be accessed free of charge on WorkSafe’s website at www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.
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