WorkCover is bringing its Safer Towns, Safer Communities event to Broken Hill and Menindee next week, providing free work health and safety advice to local businesses and workers.

As part of the visit, WorkCover will also be holding a business breakfast next Tuesday morning from 7am in partnership with Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce which will feature presentations from WorkCover, the Get Healthy at Work initiative and NSW Farmers.

WorkCover Dubbo District Coordinator, Mark Smith said local small businesses and workers at Broken Hill and Menindee would be able to get the latest safety and return to work advice for small businesses.

"This is a great opportunity for workers and businesses in far western NSW to receive free safety advice," Mr Smith said.

"During the visits we will be providing practical advice on how work health and safety laws, licensing changes, workers compensation and recover at work programs affect small businesses.

"We will also distribute small business safety information containing the latest information on how to keep a workplace as safe as possible.

"All small businesses that speak to us may also be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 through our Small Business Rebate Program which can be used to purchase and install safety improvements."

Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce Executive Officer Anne Andrews said the Chamber was pleased to support the Safer Towns, Safer Communities event.

"Chamber members will be available to discuss the NSW Small Biz Connect program and membership of the Broken Hill Chamber of Commerce," Ms Andrews said.

"It is a great opportunity for the business community to invest time in their business and learn what opportunities and benefits are available to them to support their success."

Mr Smith added that WorkCover would also be providing information on advisory visits to workplaces by a WorkCover inspector.

"During the visit the inspector will provide free practical advice on how to make the workplace safer," he said.

"We look forward to meeting local businesses and workers next week."

WorkCover will be located at Chloride Street, Broken Hill on Tuesday, 25 November from 7am- 3pm. WorkCover will visit Menindee on Thursday, 27 November 2014 from 9am-3pm and be located at the front of the Rural Transaction Centre on Yartla Street, Menindee. For further information, please contact the WorkCover Dubbo Office on 6841 7900. For practical workplace safety information or resources call 13 10 50 or visit www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

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