Business operators are being urged to be wary of cold callers offering advertising deals, health and safety services, or who indicate they or their businesses are associated with WorkSafe Victoria.
While there were many legitimate companies offering high-standard services, all should be closely checked before commitments are made.
It is important that people considering advertising, first aid training or other services are aware of what they are being offered, the skills and experience of those involved, and whether they are getting value for money.
There is a high level of interest in workplace safety, but this has created an environment, where some people are taking advantage of the goodwill of business operators.
Complainants have told WorkSafe Victoria that what they have been offered is a requirement of Victoria’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, and that they could be reported if they do not take up the offer.
Others feel they are being pressured into advertising in a magazine, after receiving flattering comments about their business. To be on the safe side, deal with established operators, seek references that can be checked and do not be rushed into making a decision.
WorkSafe Victoria does not seek advertising for publications.
WorkSafe has no commercial operations, nor does it endorse commercial operations.
A number of companies have names similar to WorkSafe, but they have no association with Victoria’s workplace health and safety regulator.
WorkSafe does not carry out training or testing of equipment.
Authorised Certificate Assessors conduct assessments of people seeking to demonstrate their competence in the operation of plant such as cranes, forklifts etc. They are authorised by WorkSafe Victoria as individuals.
An offer too good to be true, probably is.