The Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson has announced the launch of a new app that allows workers to anonymously report unsafe work practices in an effort to minimise harm in the workspace.
The new mobile app ‘Speak Up. Save Lives’ will make it simple for employees to report workplace risks which could lead to injury or death and provide the option for them to upload photos of any dangerous conditions they see straight to SafeWork NSW.
“The new Speak Up reporting tool will give workers an easy, protected, and fast way to report any work health and safety problems they may be facing, direct to SafeWork NSW from their mobile device,” Anderson said.
“Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and everyone should feel confident they can report unsafe conditions. This new tool provides another way for workers to notify SafeWork NSW of a safety concern which may impact their own wellbeing and that of their workmates.”
Workers will be able to send up to three photos to SafeWork NSW showing the unsafe practice or high-risk situation. The app also features a GPS locator allowing people to report information anonymously.
Senior Workplace Health and Safety Manager from Employsure, Larry Drewsen says, the principle of the initiative is simple: “No one should go to work and never return home. From front-line workers and employees all the way to upper management, it’s essential that everybody works together to ensure every Australian worker arrives home safely and without injury after each and every shift.”
Drewsen said safety is a collaborative effort: “Whether you’re a worker, an employee, employer or business owner, everyone has the right to feel safe at work. No workplace should be unsafe to work in, and injuries or fatalities should not be tolerated.”
While minister Anderson acknowledged the app is no replacement for existing SafeWork conditions, he suggested it would make it simpler to report notifiable breaches.
“Having seen the devastation workplace deaths and serious injury can have on the community, I would like to see workers play a more active role in making workplaces safer so everyone makes it home at the end of their shift,” Anderson said.