Free OHS Essentials Program

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Learn more about your safety obligations and receive tailored advice on managing safety in your workplace with this free assessment service.

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Essentials Program is a free safety consultation service, administered by WorkSafe but delivered by our experienced and qualified consultants.

The consultant will come to your workplace, learn about your business, identify any hazards and provide practical advice on how you might address them – all then documented in an easy-to-understand safety action plan.

The consultant will contact you post receipt of your action plan to discuss this in more detail and then visit your workplace again within 3-6 months of this visit to discuss any changes you have made based on your action plan and to provide further advice and support.

The consultant will then undertake a final visit within 9-12 months of your initial visit to discuss the progress of key actions identified, improvements made and any challenges that have impacted implementation of the action plan.

Safety essentials for small businesses

Who is eligible?

Victorian small businesses with less than 60 employees.

How long will it take?

The initial site visit will take up to 3.5 hours, the follow-up site visit will take up to 2 hours and the final visit will take up to 3 hours.

Apply now

To apply please complete and submit the application form or contact us on 03 8662 5333.

The OHS consultant went through the entire business over a five-hour period. The consultant identified areas my team didn’t think about as risks or hazards. She produced an action plan and report that covered things like chemical management, setting out very clearly what needs to be implemented, its priority (high, medium or low) and dates for completion. She was extremely thorough and the follow-up has been professional in every sense. I thought she was amazing. I’m very grateful that this service was provided to us. It’s a valuable exercise. I would highly recommend it to other small to medium businesses.

Wendy Killeen Stanton & Killeen Wines

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Small businesses can improve their safety processes with a free safety consultation. Let our OHS consultants help you reduce risk and avoid workers' compensation claims.

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I must commend the Chamber and the consultant on the pragmatic and down to earth approach to the OHS Essentials Consultation. Your report brought together all of the elements in a very understandable document and clearly lays out the various actions and urgencies applicable. This gives our business all the tools required both to implement what is lacking now, and also to maintain the OHS program in the future.

Charlie Burder Farm Tech Machinery