Small business owners are usually good when handling workplace health and safety issues regarding their employees but are often slow to act when they themselves are involved, particularly mental health issues.
Small business owners in Australia are the least likely to ask for health with mental health issues and risk losing their companies as a result.
According to Kate Carnell, the first Australian small business and family enterprise ombudsman says small business owners are amongst the most affected by mental health problems.
She highlighted that smaller operators should seek help if necessary and assist those in their business that need help with mental health issues.
A pilot Small Business Safety Advisors (SBSAs) program has been established by NT WorkSafe to provide small to medium businesses improve their work health and safety standards.
The program was designed to improve the capabilities of smaller businesses to manage their own workplace safety processes.
Advisors will be working with businesses in the state on a request basis, providing assistance in improving WHS practices.
Part of the aim is to help companies with the challenges of understanding and implementing workplace health and safety laws and legislative requirements.