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TO make safety training straightforward for employers, the Forktalk and Safetalk group offers comprehensive training from WorkCover-accredited professionals on almost every safety-related issue.

Standard courses are available to meet specific requirements, while safety audits and customised handbooks and manuals can be developed to suit individual workplaces. The services will be the focus of Forktalk's stand at The Safety Show.

Among Forktalk's most popular courses is forklift operation. While most employers are aware of the need for all operators to hold a WorkCover licence, Forktalk says that employers now seek benefits beyond compliance and are discovering that added training can have safety and operational spin-offs.

Forklifts are one of the most dangerous machines in Australian workplaces. Each year in Victoria alone, more than 400 people are injured during forklift operations, resulting in around $20m in compensation claims. Even more disturbing are the 50 deaths reported to WorkSafe Victoria from 1985 to 2003. More than half of those fatalities involved a pedestrian.

Drivers should be given regular refresher training and anybody who has to walk through the warehouse or other forklift zones should be properly trained about the hazards they might encounter.

While training is a central part of Forktalk's role it should be complemented by safety audits to ensure workplace practices are continuing to meet safety standards. While the requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 and Regulation 2001 are central to the audit, it does have a broader scope.

Audits can go well beyond the workshop and include offices, car parks and any other areas employees might need to access. Employees are asked for input on issues relating directly to them so the auditors can benefit from their hands-on experience. The auditors' final report is designed to offer employers practical steps towards enhancing safety, with prioritised action items and recommended solutions.

Visit Forktalk and Safetalk at The Safety Show Sydney, which runs from 13-15 October at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, to discuss any aspect of forklift training (both LF and LO licences), forklift refresher training, (EWP) elevated work platform training and licensing, overhead gantry crane training and induction training for construction work.

They will also discuss OH&S consultation training, workplace committee refresher training, employee induction training, risk management training, workplace substances training, manual handling training, fire fighting equipment training and safety audits.

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