WorkSafe inspection program looks at catering
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WorkSafe will soon undertake an inspection program to look at safety issues in the catering sector.
Beginning next week and continuing throughout the 2014/15 financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas, the program will look at catering companies of all sizes, from large-scale catering to small operations.
WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today that catering had been identified as a sector with a high number of work-related injuries.
“Catering is part of the accommodation and food services industry, which has been identified as a priority area under the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022,” Mr Attard said.
“Catering workers face some specific risks in the course of their work, and statistics show they suffer mainly from muscle trauma from manual tasks, injuries as a result of slips, trips and falls and lacerations from knives.
“This inspection program will look closely at the risk of these injuries in catering workplaces, but will also check on safety issues in a number of other areas.”
Inspectors will work with the aid of a checklist to ensure consistency, also looking at general areas such as vehicles, electricity, work at heights, hazardous substances and machinery guarding.
Unions and industry groups will be informed of the inspection program, so employers should be aware of what will be expected of them when an inspector visits their workplace.
“This inspection program is part of an ongoing series of proactive inspections aimed at providing employers with information on how to make workplaces safer, but inspectors will take enforcement action if they find breaches of workplace safety laws,” Mr Attard said.
“Our main objective is to raise awareness of potential safety risks and supply employers with information because we firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive programs is the best way in which to lessen work-related injury and illness.”
Further information on workplace safety and health can be obtained by telephoning WorkSafe on 1300 307877 or on the website at www.worksafe.wa.gov.au.
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