Speak Up app hits major milestone

Minister for Fair Trading, Minister for Small Business

The NSW Government’s Speak Up Save Lives app is transforming the way people report safety incidents with more than 10,000 reports on workplace safety and compliance made through mobile devices since its launch.

The app is an innovative tool that allows people to anonymously report unsafe work practices in any workplace and industry, including by sending a photo directly to SafeWork NSW.

Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said the milestone for the app shows employers and workers are becoming more confident in reporting unsafe work situations anonymously.

“10,000 reports is a fantastic achievement and means the app is working to stop unsafe work behavior in its tracks, as it ensures targeted intervention to where it’s needed most. I’m pleased to see NSW workers playing their part in protecting themselves and their work mates,” Ms Petinos said.

“In April, we received 300 reports and inspectors issued 50 improvement notices, 18 prohibition notices and four penalty notices.

“The most common hazards we have seen reported are those concerning physical work environments, working at heights, and biological hazards. Construction sites are the most reported workplaces, and of the 50 improvement notices issued in April, 38 of these were issued to construction sites.

“The Speak Up app ensures we are building a brighter future for all NSW workers, and I urge anyone who sees anything risky or unsafe at work to please report it.”

Businesses are still required to report all notifiable incidents, including death, serious injury or illness, or a dangerous incident, by calling 13 10 50 immediately.

More information on the Speak Up Save Lives App is available.

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