Mentoring and assistance now available for Small to Medium Enterprises

The Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) Helen Marshall is pleased to announce a new mentoring initiative to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) achieve accreditation under the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme).

As the Scheme grows, the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) has found the majority of companies applying for accreditation are SMEs. The OFSC also received feedback that the accreditation process can appear overwhelming and daunting to smaller companies.

In response to this feedback the OFSC has established a list of accredited companies willing to share their knowledge and experience of achieving accreditation, and clarify the steps involved.

The FSC recently sought assistance from a number of accredited contractors to establish the list. “The response to our request for mentors was extremely encouraging and a fantastic indication of the general good will and desire to improve OHS within the industry,” Ms Marshall said.

“I am particularly heartened to note a number of companies detailed the positive impact the Scheme had on their business.”

As mentors in this process, company contacts will act as a point of call for SMEs at application or audit stage. Assistance may include providing examples of documentary evidence or explaining the process from a company perspective.

If you require assistance with accreditation or would like to participate in this initiative as a mentor, please visit the SME Mentor Initiative page or call the FSC Assist line on 1800 652 500.