Practical Steps to Protect Tasmanian Workers Tue 2 October 2012 David O'Byrne Minister for Workplace Relations The Minister for Workplace Relations, David O'Byrne, today launched the Better Work Tasmania strategy - offering a more practical approach to keeping Tasmanians safe at work. WorkCover Tasmania has spent 18 months consulting about the best ideas about improving health and safety at work. It's now testing those ideas, before passing on the most successful strategies to Tasmanian businesses. "We all want to be safe and secure at work, and look after our mates," Mr O'Byrne said. "Most workers and employers don't need complex information to do that - they just need practical tips and proven advice that's readily available. "That's what Better Work Tasmania is all about - practical solutions to real-life safety issues, driven by the business community, for the business community. "We're proud to be the first Australian state taking this practical state-wide approach," he said. Having gathered ideas, WorkCover is now running a Better Work Tasmania Prototype Program to test exactly what works and what doesn't. Six businesses have volunteered to operate the prototype program. The Hobart City Council is a participating business in the Better Work Tasmania Prototype Program. The General Manager, Nick Heath, said the Council is excited to be a part of the work health and safety program. "Hobart City Council places a strong focus on the safety and wellbeing of our workforce, and participating in this innovative program has helped us focus on areas for improvement," Mr Heath said. "Being involved in the Better Work Tasmania Prototype Program has allowed us to help identify work health and safety priorities, foster appropriate behaviours, and test and find-tune activities that will eventually lead to a practical strategy which can be adopted by all Tasmanian businesses. "Ultimately anything that we can do to make sure our workers return safely home to their loved ones at the end of the day is of upmost importance," he said. For more information, visit www.workcover.tas.gov.au, or follow the program on Facebook (facebook.com/BetterWorkTasmania).