WorkSafe inspectors will visit small businesses in Ballarat later this month to check on health and safety compliance as part of an ongoing campaign across regional Victoria.

Businesses in the area are encouraged to attend WorkSafe’s free breakfast briefing next Thursday, 12 April, to know more about what health and safety and return to work inspectors will be looking for when they arrive.

The briefing will discuss what businesses can do to make their workplaces safer and how to ensure they are complying with the law.

Businesses will also be taken through what to expect if they receive a visit from a WorkSafe Return to Work inspector.

WorkSafe Operations General Manager, Lisa Sturzenegger, said the breakfast was a good opportunity for businesses to review their situation and make improvements before the visits.

“Don’t wait for us to arrive before changes are made or wait for an incident to happen, make safety a priority. The consequences of not doing so can be devastating for all involved,” she said.

The Safe Towns campaign involves a team of WorkSafe inspectors who visit an area over a one-week period to check on compliance with workplace health and safety and return to work.

The visits will take place in Ballarat from 30 April to 4 May.

The breakfast briefing is scheduled for Thursday, 12 April from 7:30am to 9am (breakfast included), at Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, 613 Main Road, Ballarat. Bookings are essential.