Workplace safety hotline to help with flood clean-up

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has established a flood clean-up hotline to further help employers and workers to stay safe during the flood recovery period and re-open their businesses sooner.

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the WHSQ clean-up hotline offered advice about general workplace health and safety matters as well as specific information relating to the impacts of this summer’s flooding.

"Workplace Health and Safety Queensland staff have been providing the community with a range of safety tips in relation to the flood clean-up, including information about dealing with asbestos, working in muddy and wet areas, electrical safety and disease threats," Minister Dick said.

The new hotline service, which will operate seven days a week, will complement the work currently being undertaken by members of the WHSQ Flood Recovery Response Team, whom have access to resources of the Electrical Safety Office and experts with experience in hazardous industries, chemicals, rural and construction industries, and asbestos.

The WHSQ flood clean-up hotline, which will operate seven days a week from 7am to 7pm, including Australia Day, is 1800 177 717. For more information, visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.

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