WorkSafe impersonators in Victoria

Friday, 17 November, 2006

Victorian businesses are being warned to look out for WorkSafe impersonators offering health and safety services or advertising deals.

Executive director at WorkSafe Victoria, John Merritt said the current high level of interest in workplace safety means some people are taking advantage of the goodwill of business owners.

"Complainants have told WorkSafe Victoria that what they've been offered is a requirement of Victoria's Occupational Health and Safety Act, and they could be "reported' if they don't take up the offer," he said.

Merritt said that there are many legitimate companies offering high-standard safety services, but all should be closely checked before commitments are made.

Businesses in doubt of any operator's claims can call WorkSafe's advisory service on 1800 136 089.

WorkSafe has urged businesses to remember the following:

  • WorkSafe has no commercial operations, nor does it endorse commercial operations.
  • A number of companies have names similar to WorkSafe but have no association with Victoria's workplace health and safety regulator.
  • WorkSafe does not carry out training or testing of equipment.
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