Scot MacDonald
12th Oct 2018

Workers in the Hunter will be able to learn how to make their workplaces safer when the first annual Newcastle Safety Conference and Exhibition takes place this coming Monday and Tuesday, October 15th and 16th at McDonald Jones Stadium in Broadmeadow.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the event was being held as part of National Safe Work Month in October.

“This is a two-day conference that will give businesses around the region a great range of new tools to reduce hazards and improve safety in their workplaces,” Mr MacDonald said.

“SafeWork NSW is running the conference, so there will be opportunities for businesses to find out more about rebates they may be able to access.”

“For example, businesses with up to 50 full-time employees may be eligible to apply for a $500 small business rebate to improve their operations and become safer.”

One of the free workshop sessions will be aimed at helping businesses in the building industry that work with sand, brick, concrete and rocks to improve their safety when coming into contact with respirable crystalline silica dust.”

“We want to ensure every person who leaves for work in the morning also makes it home safely. That’s why SafeWork NSW is using innovative technology to prevent one of the most common workplace incidents, falls from heights.”

“At least 17,500 NSW workers were injured in falls, between 2012-2015. The conference will have a great Virtual Reality experience available for workers in the Hunter region to learn how they can avoid falls from heights.”

“There will also be two sessions that focus on reducing musculoskeletal disorders, with the help of the internationally recommended Participative Ergonomics for Manual Tasks, or PErforM tool.”

The Newcastle Safety Conference and Exhibition is a free event, for more information or assistance with registrations, contact the Newcastle SafeWork team on 02 4921 2900 or email