SafeWork small business rebate eligible safety items

A full list of safety items that are eligible for the $1,000 SafeWork small business rebate.

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Slips, trips and falls

Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of serious injuries at work in NSW.  Slippery or poorly maintained floor surfaces or inadequate protection from falling from a height are the common causes.

Using anti-slip products, keeping workplaces clean and tidy and installing fall prevention items is the best way to avoid serious injuries. 

Anti-slip or trip items  

Image of anti slip flooring being applied in a workplace.
Example of anti-slip flooring being installed.
  • anti-slip surface treatment
  • anti-slip treading or matting, safe check plates, treading or capping

  • guards, balancers, restraint, suspension systems or stands to mount processing equipment
  • retractable hoses/leads

  • restraint supports to mount tools, cords, leads and hoses to prevent trip hazards

  • retractable steps/stairs

  • stair nosing

 Improving working environment 

Man cleaning with a high pressure hose.
Example of pressure cleaners.
  • high pressure water cleaning equipment
  • lighting, including improved general, entrance or exit lighting, sensor lighting, portable or battery-powered lighting and generators

 Falls from a height

Man standing a ladder applying plaster on a new drywall installation.
Example of a portable ladder.
  • bottom fill equipment for fuel tanks

  • extension poles/equipment for working at heights e.g. poles, water jets

  • harnesses for working at heights

  • industrial ropes

  • ladders e.g. fixed access, step and full length

  • physical restraint barriers and guard rail systems

  • scaffolding, fencing (portable and lightweight)

  • void or pit covers 

Being hit by moving objects or isolated at work

There are many things in the workplace that can fall onto or hit someone and cause serious injury or even death. Installing animal restraint devices, falling object protective covers and having good traffic management systems can protect workers.

Being isolated at work in remote locations is a concern because the worker may be injured and unable to seek assistance. In these scenarios, it's important to use appropriate safety items that are not reliant on regular telecommunications. 

    On a farm 

    Cattle being separated by metal fencing.
    Example of livestock sliding segregation gate.
    • sliding segregation gate for livestock, cattle crush, lamb marketing cradle and head bales

    On the job site

    Worker's walkway inside aluminium processing plant.
    Example of traffic management. 
    • load covers and restraints for vehicles including tag lines, tensioners, strapping to secure loads and cargo nets
    • protective structure for falling objects
    • safety signage
    • traffic management tools including bollards, cones, barricades, convex mirrors and signs
    • visual warning and signal systems

    Isolated at work

    Man working remotely using a two way radio
    Example of two-way radio.
    • 2-way radios, emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and satellite phones 
    • closed circuit TV (CCTV)

    • external security lighting

    • personal duress alarms

    • site security devices and camera system

    Heavy lifting, carrying or doing the same task often

    Muscular stress, disability or even death can be caused by handling very heavy items, doing the same task repetitively, over-reaching and sitting for too long.

    Choose items that are designed to limit lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, moving or holding items.

      Lifting objects, people or animals 

      A woman in a pink gown, mask and protective cap observes and gestures with one hand at a child with physical disabilities while helping him with rehabilitation to learn to stand up.
      Example of adjustable examination table.
      • conveyer or elevator systems

      • cranes – ute or free standing

      • dock leveller

      • forklifts and/or attachments

      • harnesses/pulleys for confined spaces

      • hoists
      • lifting devices (manual, mechanical, hydraulic, vacuum or magnetic)

      • patient handling/transfer devices

      • platform – adjustable loading
      • skids

      • trestles (lifting)

      Carrying equipment and moving animals 

        Young woman moves an empty pallet jack through an industrial hall.
        Example of a pallet roller.
        • access ramps, tailgate lifters

        • livestock chutes, overhead shearing
        • pallet rollers

        • tripod (mechanical) to support people, loads and materials being lifted or lowered from openings

        • trolleys

        • vacuum cleaners (industrial backpack only)

          Muscle strain and stress 

          Woman standing and working a ergonomic desk in modern office with colleagues working around.
          Example of sit/stand desk equipment.
          • adjustable/tilting work bench, table or workstation

          • anti-vibration or ergonomic vehicle seats 

          • anti-fatigue floor mats

          • work platforms – elevated/temporary

            Moving machinery, plant or vehicles

            Forklifts, vehicles, trucks, farming machinery, manufacturing equipment and electronic mixers have the potential to seriously injure or cause death if they collide, trap or crush a person.  

            Effective traffic and machinery management procedures should be developed for each individual workplace.

            Vehicles and trucks

            Image of a worker in a parked forklift talking to a production manager
            Example of a safe forklift 
            • guarding for tyre rim assembly/fitting
            • pedestrian crossing gates
            • reversing cameras
            • stock picking machine
            • walkway (elevated)
            • warning and safety lights

            Machinery

            Hand pressing emergency stop button on a large manufacturing machine
            Example of emergency stop switch.
            • alarm or shut down device
            • detection system
            • emergency stop buttons
            • machine guarding including fixed, interlocked, photoelectric and combination

            On the farm

            Farmer harvesting the crop with a tractor that has a cover over the top of the tractor
            Example of rollover protection on a tractor.
            • platforms/steps (portable)
            • power take-off guards for tractors
            • rollover protective structures (ROPs) for tractors
            • runover protective devices (tractors)
            • safety bar for wool press  

            Hazardous noise, chemicals and sun exposure 

            Too much exposure to noise at work can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. There are many controls you can put in place to protect workers from exposure to hazardous noise. 

            Harmful exposure to chemicals is 100% preventable. Without the proper handling and storage of chemicals, exposure can cause life threatening harm as well as other injuries.

            Risks from heat and UV exposure for outdoor workers can be reduced. When planning working in hot conditions consider working under shade and shelter, rotating tasks, scheduling work to cooler times of the day, and providing personal protective equipment and water. 

            Hazardous noise

            Worker wearing noise protection operating machinery
            Example of hearing protection
            • earmuffs – specialised personal hearing protectors (earmuffs or ear plugs) as part of hearing conservation program
            • enclosures, door seals, or sound-proof covers around noise sources
            • low noise design and emission machinery and equipment (equivalent continuous sound level 8hr of 85dBA or less)
            • noise monitor – handheld
            • remote controls to operate noisy plant from a distance
            • signage and labelling for areas of hazardous noise
            • silencers or mufflers (acoustic) for intake or exhaust systems or for air tools
            • sound absorbent surface/film, barriers, or screens to block direct path of sound

            Chemicals and dangerous goods

            Image of chemicals spill kit in a workplace
            Example of chemicals spill kit
            • air filtering systems for machinery
            • backpack industrial equipment
            • barriers (physical restraint) and guard railing system including edge protection, rails, screens, pit covers, open penetration and void protection
            • bunding or spill kit containment systems
            • chemical delivery and dispensing system - closed and automatic
            • chemical signage, marking and placarding system
            • dust suppression tools and attachments for machinery
            • real-time respirable crystalline silica detector
            • storage cabinets (ANZS standard compliant)
            • vacuum cleaner – asbestos and hazardous dust (dust class level ‘H’ or “M” filter and compliant with AS 60335.2.69:2003)
            • ventilation, exhaust or extraction systems
            • wire mesh secured enclosure for chemical storage 

            Sun exposure 

            Image of an awning blocking out the sun
            Example of vehicle mounted awning 
            • sunshade protection structures for rural and outdoor work areas including vehicle mounted awning and portable gazebo

             

            COVID-19

            To protect yourself and your workers from COVID-19, safety practices can be put in place to maintain good hygiene and limit exposure.  

            Hygiene 

            Image of lady using wall mounded hand sanitiser
            Example of wall mounted hand sanitiser
            • hand sanitiser stand
            • wall mounted sanitiser dispenser 

            Protection

            Bakery owner wiping down surfaces wearing mask
            Example of cough and sneeze guard
            • floor decals (e.g. 'stand here') 

            • sneeze and cough guard

            • warning signage (COVID-19 specific)

            Cleaning

            Image of someone using foot to operate hands free rubbish bin
            Example of hands-free rubbish bin
            • hands-free rubbish bin
            • roller buckets

             

            List by A-Z

            The same list as above, sorted by A-Z. 

            A

            Air filtering systems for machinery

            Adjustable or tilting work bench/table

            Animal handling devices e.g. crushes, marking cradles

            Animal restraint equipment, device, cradle, or crush

            Anti-fatigue floor mats

            Anti-slip and surface treatment 

            Anti-slip treading or matting, safe check plates

            Awning – vehicle (sunshade protection for rural and outdoor work areas)

            B

            Barriers (physical restraint) and guard railing system e.g. edge protection, rails, screens, pit cover, open penetration, void protection

            Bottom fill equipment for fuel tanks

            Bunding for spills containment

            C

            Cameras – reversing

            Chemical delivery and dispensing system – closed and automatic

            Chemical/dangerous goods (DG) storage cabinets (ANZS standard compliant)

            Chemical signage, marking and placarding system

            Closed circuit TV (CCTV)

            Conveyer or elevator systems

            Cranes – ute or free standing

            D

            Dock leveller

            Dust suppression tools and attachments for machinery

            E

            Ear muffs – specialised personal hearing protectors (earmuffs or ear plugs) as part of hearing conservation program

            Emergency position-indicating radio beacons – 406 MHz (EPIRBs)

            Emergency stop switches

            Enclosures, door seals, or sound-proof covers around noise sources

            Extension poles/equipment for working at heights e.g. poles, water jets

            External security lighting

            F

            Fencing (portable and lightweight)

            Floor decals (e.g. ‘stand here')

            Forklifts and/or attachments

            G

            Gates – sliding segregation gates for livestock transport vehicles

            Gazebo – sunshade protection for rural and outdoor work area

            Guard railing system or barrier (physical restraint) and – eg edge protection, rails, and screens, pit cover or open penetration and void protection

            Guards, balancers, restraint, suspension systems or stands to mount processing equipment, tools, power cords, leads or hoses to prevent trip hazards

            Guarding for tyre rim assembly/fitting

            H

            Hands-free rubbish bin

            Hand sanitiser stand

            Harnesses for working at heights

            Harnesses for confined spaces

            High pressure water cleaning equipment

            Hoists

            Hoses (retractable)

            L

            Ladders – step and full length

            Ladders – access ladders

            Fixed ladders – access

            Leads (retractable)

            Lifting devices – manual, mechanical, hydraulic, vacuum or magnetic

            Lighting – installation of improved general, entrance or exit lighting, including sensor lighting, and portable or battery-powered lighting and generators

            Livestock chutes, overhead shearing

            Load covers and restraints for vehicles – tag lines, tensioners, strapping to secure loads

            M

            Machine guarding including fixed, interlocked, photoelectric or combination

            Machinery/Plant – detection system, alarm or shut down device

            N

            Noise monitor – hand held

            Noise – low noise design and emission machinery and equipment (Leq8hr of 85dBA or less – exposure std - less than the exposure standards ie 8 hour average of 85dBA)

            P

            Patient handling devices

            Pedestrian crossing gates

            Personal duress alarms

            Platforms/steps (portable)

            Platform – adjustable loading

            Power take-off guards for tractors

            Protective structure for falling objects

            Pulleys for confined spaces

            R

            Radios (2-way; VHF-UHF) or vehicle tracking systems

            Ramps (access)

            Real-time respirable crystalline silica detector

            Remote controls to operate noisy plant from a distance

            Restraint supports for equipment and tools, including safety cages

            Roller buckets

            Rollover protective structures (ROPs) for tractors

            Ropes – industrial

            Runover protective devices (tractors)

            S

            Safety lighting – traffic management

            Safety bar for wool press

            Scaffolding

            Security camera system

            Side access steps/platforms for tractors

            Signage (safety)

            Signage and labelling - areas of hazardous noise and protection required

            Silencers or mufflers (acoustic) for intake or exhaust systems or for air tools

            Site security devices

            Skids

            Sneeze and cough guard

            Sound absorbent surface/film, barriers, or screens to block direct path of sound

            Sound-proof covers around noise sources

            Spills containment system

            Stair treads or capping

            Stair nosing

            Steps/stairs (retractable)

            Stock picking machine

            Sunshade protection for rural and outdoor work areas

            T

            Tailgate lifter

            Traffic management tools – bollards, cones, barricades, convex mirrors

            Trestles (lifting)

            Tripod (mechanical) to support people, loads and materials being lifted or lowered from openings

            Trolleys

            V

            Vacuum cleaners (industrial backpack only)

            Vacuum cleaner -asbestos and hazardous dust with dust class level ‘H’ or “M” filter and compliant with AS 60335.2.69:2003

            Ventilation, exhaust or extraction systems

            Visual warning and signal system

            W

            Walkway (elevated) - pedestrian safety

            Wall mounted sanitiser dispenser

            Warning signage (COVID-19 specific)

            Wire mesh secured enclosure for chemical storage 

            Work platforms – elevated/temporary

            Workstation (adjustable or tilting)

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