As many businesses throughout the region prepare to hold end of year celebrations, SafeWork NSW has issued a reminder that safety at these events is everyone’s responsibility.

SafeWork NSW Director, Regional and Response Operations, Tony Williams said health and safety responsibilities at work functions were the same as in the workplace.

“For many workers, the end of year work celebration is seen as an opportunity to let off steam and celebrate the achievements of the past year,” Mr Williams said.

“While we all want to enjoy ourselves, businesses need to remember that they are still responsible for the health and safety of workers at these events.

“Workers also have a responsibility for ensuring the health and safety of themselves and anyone else at that attends the function.

“By following a few simple steps, businesses and workers can celebrate the holiday season safely and ensure they are ready to return to work fit and healthy in the New Year.”

Mr Williams said reminding staff about healthy, safe and respectful behaviours at work functions was an important step in ensuring the holiday season was celebrated safely.

“With alcohol likely to be served, businesses should ensure workers are aware of the risks of misuse,” Mr Williams said.

“Also ensure plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks are available and encourage workers to look out for their workmates.

If they are concerned someone is under the influence, they should speak to their manager to keep them safe.

“Other things include setting a set start and finish time, and having transport options available for workers to get home safely.

“These steps aren’t onerous, but can ensure can everyone celebrates the achievements of the working year safely. For further information on safely managing the use of alcohol and other drugs in the workplace, visit http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/ or call 13 10 50.

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