WorkSafe inspection program looks at hardware and building supplies retailing

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WorkSafe is undertaking an inspection program to look at safety issues associated with retail hardware and building suppliers.

The workplaces involved in the program are engaged in supplying and/or selling hardware items to the public and contractors.

The program will continue throughout the remainder of the financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas.

WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the inspections would focus on raising awareness of potential safety risks and ensuring that employers had the information required to comply with the laws.

"All our proactive inspection programs aim to provide employers with the information they need to make their workplaces safer," Mr Attard said.

Inspectors will be concentrating on the general areas of electricity, emergency egress, slips and trips on uneven surfaces, evacuation procedures, personal protective equipment, first aid equipment and hazardous substances.

In addition, they will concentrate on issues more specific to this industry such as manual tasks, objects falling from heights such as racking and shelving, forklift safety and high risk work licences.

Inspectors will undertake the inspections with the aid of a checklist to ensure consistency.

"The retailing of hardware and building supplies presents a number of specific risks," Mr Attard said. "Foremost among these are manual handling injuries suffered when handling heavy items of hardware and stacking racks or shelving, the risks associated with mobile plant such as forklifts and trucks, and working at heights on ladders.

"Although the aim of the program is to raise awareness and provide information, inspectors will take enforcement action if necessary.

"We firmly believe that raising awareness with proactive campaigns is the best way in which to lessen the risk of 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

Media contact:
Caroline De Vaney
9327 8744 or 0408 927563 (media enquiries only).
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Media release
07 Dec 2012

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