WorkSafe Tasmania Month 1 October – 2 November 2012

North West Tasmanian employers and workers are being urged to register to attend one of the
many free work health and safety focussed events to be held in Burnie as part of WorkSafe Tasmania
Month.

WorkSafe Tasmania spokesperson Mr Bob Gozzi said a week of free information sessions would be
held at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre from today through to Friday, 19 October
“In 2011, a total of 9,312 workers were injured in Tasmanian workplaces,” Mr Gozzi said.

“Of these total injuries, a total of 2,002 occurred in businesses in the north west of Tasmania.

“Attending one of the many free events happening this week is one positive step to avoiding
becoming another workplace injury statistic.

“Session topics cover everything from electrical safety and asbestos awareness for beginners, to
engaging staff in a health and wellbeing program and managing alcohol and drugs.”

Mr Gozzi said WorkSafe Month also provided the ideal opportunity for employers and workers in the
region to get ready for the introduction of the new model work health and safety legislation on 1
January 2013.

“As part of the week of events in Burnie, practical seminars will also be held which focus on the new
work health and safety laws as well as the supporting regulations and codes of practice,” Mr Gozzi
said.

“These seminars will look at the impact the new legislation will have on Tasmanian businesses and
workers, as well as any changes that may need to be made in preparation for 1 January.

“There is still time to register to attend any of the free events in Burnie, with online registrations
accepted up to one hour before each event.

“For a copy of the WorkSafe Month Program of Events or to register to attend one of the events,
visit www.worksafe.tas.gov.au or phone the Helpline on 1300 366 322.”

WorkSafe Tasmania Month runs from 1 October–2 November and features over 150 free work
health and safety focussed events across the State including the East and West Coasts and King and
Flinders Islands.
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