SafeWork NSW hosts inaugural Consultation @ Work Conference

Media Release | 25/10/2017

As part of national Safe Work Month, SafeWork NSW will today host a conference to help NSW workplaces develop a better understanding of workplace consultation practices.

SafeWork NSW Executive Director Peter Dunphy said while all NSW workplaces have a legal obligation to consult with workers on issues that affect work health and safety, many need help in finding simple and practical ways to do this.

“The inaugural Consultation @ Work Conference will bring together a range of stakeholders to share their experiences, including the huge benefits that can be achieved when employers consult effectively with workers,” Mr Dunphy said.

“Consultation is at the centre of a great safety culture.

“When there are meaningful two-way conversations about workplace safety, it’s easier to identify hazards and risks; come up with practical solutions; and communicate them efficiently across an organisation.

“Anyone who has a job in NSW has a right to a safe and healthy workplace.

“Consultation is vital to helping businesses achieve this outcome, and the conference will give valuable insights into both legal requirements and best practice.”

The Consultation @ Work Conference is taking place in Sydney. Keynote speakers include health, safety and security expert and lawyer Alena Titterton, and safety and organisational culture specialist Robert Sams.

There will also be an expert panel for a Q&A session, interactive scenarios, networking opportunities and advice kiosks.

Participants will be provided with practical advice and support materials, which aim to help NSW workplaces build confidence and capability in embedding effective consultation practices.

For more information about improving work health and safety through consultation in your workplace, go to www.safework.nsw.gov.au.

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