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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Special workplace safety hotline to help with flood clean-up

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Special workplace safety hotline to help with flood clean-up

    Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has set up a flood clean-up hotline to further help employers and workers stay safe during the flood recovery.

    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,” Mr Dick said.

    “The new hotline service, which will operate seven days a week, complements the work that WHSQ staff have already been doing.

    “The hotline makes it easier for employers to get information that will help them get their business back up and running sooner.

    “As well, a WHSQ Flood Recovery Response Team has been established to operate in areas recovering from floods.

    “In particular, the team will have access to resources of the Electrical Safety Office and experts with experience in hazardous industries, chemicals, rural and construction industries, and asbestos.”

    Mr Dick said teams of field staff were currently being deployed to flooded areas.

    “Industrial areas and workplaces will be the focus of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland attention,” Mr Dick said. “However, advice and information is also available to the general public where required.”

    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.

    Media contact: Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487