WorkSafe have announced an inspection program looking at safety and health issues for workers in WA schools. The program will include both private and public schools in Perth and regional WA. It will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year.

WorkSafe will expand it’s previous inspection program that was looking at hazards facing cleaners and gardeners to include more roles. Work Health Professionals have been assisting schools with vaccination programs for infectious diseases and noise hazard management for these workers.

This new WorkSafe program will also include potential hazards in school:

  • science labs,
  • home economics rooms/kitchens
  • D&T
  • swimming pools
  • automotive areas

Work Health Professionals provide onsite WorkCover audiometric testing, noise surveys and onsite vaccinations programs and skin screening for schools in Perth and WA.

Also under the spotlight will be asbestos management, violence and aggression, infectious diseases, quad bikes, construction work and contractor management.

“Some of these aspects of the education area have not been looked at for some time, if at all, so it’s time to re-visit them and identify any widespread issues.”

The inspection program will look at a wide range of OSH issues including WorkSafe operational priority areas such as manual tasks, falls from height, electricity, guarding of plant hazardous substances and slips, trips and falls.

“This inspection program will widen our attention on education even further,” Ms North, Director of WorkSafe WA said.

“A wide range of safety issues can arise at schools, and we’ll be taking what we trust is a comprehensive look at them,” Ms North said.

“We have an extensive schedule of proactive inspection programs concentrating on particular industries or activities and primarily aimed at providing employers and employees with information on how to make workplaces safer.