SafeWork NSW has launched its 2017 Mentor Program, with 80 NSW businesses committing to improving safety in their workplaces.

The Mentor Program is free and involves an experienced business pairing with a small business to find new ways to improve work health and safety, workers compensation and injury management.

SafeWork NSW, Acting Deputy Executive Director, Jodie Deakes, said the program not only helped businesses improve safety but also their competitiveness and productivity.

“The Mentor Program brings big and small businesses together to create new ways of tackling safety in the workplace,” Ms Deakes said.

“Mentors are some of the country's leading health and safety professionals and they understand the work health and safety challenges mentees face on a daily basis.

“They can suggest innovative solutions to common safety, injury management and workers compensation issues.

“The program is a great example of businesses helping each other to stay safe while also contributing to an improved bottom line.”

The SafeWork Mentor Program runs for three to six months and involves a series of site visits, advisory sessions and workshops. SafeWork NSW also conducts free advisory and educational sessions across a variety of safety and injury management topics.

To coincide with the commencement of the program, SafeWork NSW has launched a Mentor Program eBookfeaturing the stories, safety benefits and tips of some of the 485 businesses that have participated in the program since its commencement in 2006.

Ms Deakes added that the Mentor Program gave medium and large businesses the opportunity to share the importance of a positive safety culture.

“Every worker in this state has the right to a safe and healthy workplace, and safety is everyone’s responsibility,” she said.

“The Mentor Program encourages small businesses to think about how they can create a safety culture at their workplace while mentors have the opportunity to enhance their business’s reputation and profile.”

Footage of the Mentor Program launch, including interviews with mentors Maria Hooker from Allied Mills and Mark Paegam from CSR/Viridian Glass, mentees Paul Cronin from Milton Labs and Mark Frater from Dee Why Glass Service and SafeWork NSW, Acting Deputy Executive Director, Jodie Deakes can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/210691999

Out website has further information on the SafeWork NSW Mentor Program or call 13 10 50.

List of mentor organisations and mentees

Mentors

Mentees

Allied Mills Pty Ltd, Rhodes

Balance Training & Assessments Pty Ltd , Haywards Bay

Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd, Old Toongabbie

Bohmer's Tree Care, Woonona (Wollongong)

NRMA, North Strathfield

Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Allambie Heights

City of Parramatta Council, Rydalmere

Coca-Cola Amatil, North Sydney

CSR/Viridian Glass, Ingleburn

Diona Pty Ltd, Rouse Hill

Eden Brae Homes, Baulkham Hills

Fairfield City Council, Wakeley

FDC Construction & Fitout Pty Ltd, Forest Lodge

Fuji Xerox Australia Pty Ltd, Macquarie Park

Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Darlinghurst

Goodman Property Services Australia, Sydney

NA Group Pty Ltd, Revesby

Northrop Grumman Australia, Mascot

Richard Crookes Construction, Naremburn

Riding for the Disabled Assoc (NSW), Box Hill

Riskology, Morpeth

Saoirse Lidcombe

SRS Roads / COLAS Australia Group, Winston Hills

Sydney Fish Market, Pyrmont

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point

Taylor Construction Group Pty Ltd, North Sydney

TNT Express, Mascot

The University of Sydney, Glebe

TreeServe Pty Ltd, Horsley Park

Woolworths Limited, Bella Vista

BAE Systems Flight Training Tamworth

Challenge Community Services, Tamworth

Tamworth Regional Council – 2 mentors

Teys Australia, Tamworth

West Tamworth Leagues Club, West Tamworth

Molten-Labs, Gordon

Succeed Training T/as Test Tag Courses, Campbelltown

PMO Solutions, St Ives

State Wide Tree Services, Granville

Queen of Hearts Community Foundation, Penrith

Georges River Sailing Club Pty Ltd, Sandringham

Kyora Landscapes, Warriewood

Spice Quarter, Epping

Dee Why Glass Service, Cromer

Govinda Valley Yoga and Meditation Retreat, Otford

Prime Build Pty Ltd, Berkshire Park

The Middlewoman Services, Stanmore

Got Game Pty Ltd, Alexandria

Cannavale Constructions Pty Ltd, Cardiff

Mount Druitt Newsagency, Mount Druitt

Equilibrium Air Conditioning (NSW) Pty Ltd, Baulkham Hills

Box Advisory Services, Sydney

CMW Services Pty Ltd, Miranda

Enviro Cut Pty Ltd, Villawood

TK Constructions NSW Pty Ltd, Collaroy

The Highgate Group Pty Ltd, Warriewood

Stafford Constructions, Martinsville NSW 2265

Ceragloss Pty Ltd, Gladesville

Creative Hire Pty Ltd, Caringbah

Edisco Management, Ultimo

Parker-Wood Digital, Lavendar Bay

Earthwise Environmental Consultants, Thirroul

Bombini, Avoca Beach

Biennale of Sydney Pty Ltd, The Rocks

Concrete One Pty Ltd, Merewether

Guru Driving School, Pendle Hill

Straightshot Transport, Luddenham

Edna and Wilfred Home Care, Maroubra

Argonauts Tree Service, Tuggerah

Flagship Communications, Parramatta

Barraba Café, Barraba

Dubbo Heavy Towing and Salvage, Coonabarabran

Monterey Café, Narrabri

Grazag Pty Ltd, Armidale

Lockwood Pastoral, Coonabarabran

Blaney Pastoral Company, Wallangra

David Henry, Hallsville

Newcastle Hats, Coonabarabran

Coonabarabran Hotel, Coonabarabran

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