Serious safety issues detected following proactive brothel audit

Released 05/02/2019

WorkSafe ACT has issued three Prohibition Notices for serious safety issues following compliance inspections on brothels and adult entertainment venues in the ACT.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Greg Jones said 15 venues were checked on 16 and 17 January 2019 with the support of ACT Policing.

This included follow up audits on the premises that were the subject of Prohibition Notices last year.

“In the latest inspection WorkSafe ACT issued three Prohibition Notices on a premise for fire, electrical safety and hygiene (mould) issues,” Mr Jones said.

Dangerous fire safety issues were found with inadequate or out of date extinguishers and some blocked fire exits. This situation was very concerning in relation to the safety of staff as well as visitors.

Due to WorkSafe ACT being refused entry to one establishment, ACT Policing members attended and assisted WorkSafe in conducting their inspection. Further regulatory action is being considered in this case due to the seriousness of the incident.

“Like any workplace it is critical that these premises remain safe for workers and patrons and WorkSafe ACT will continue to proactively audit such venues to ensure compliance with health and safety responsibilities.

“I’d also like to remind workers that they can contact WorkSafe ACT at any time if they have concerns about safety in the workplace on phone 13 22 81.

“I’d like to thank ACT Policing for their support in this recent activity.”

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