October is National Safe Work Month! Across Australia, employers and workers are encouraged to participate and raise awareness of work health and safety.
National Safe Work Australia Week was first established in 2005 as a dedicated week for increasing awareness of work health and safety. The week was extended to the month of October in 2013. National Safe Work Month continues to be one of the key methods of raising community awareness and knowledge of work health and safety across Australia. Safe Work Australia and state and territory work health and safety regulators host a range of events and activities throughout October.
2015 National Safe Work Month
This year’s theme is ‘Be safe. Be healthy. Because…’.– deliberately left open so you can add your own reasons for being safe and healthy at work. There are so many reasons for being safe and healthy at work – what are yours?
Safe Work Australia will be focusing on a different sub-theme each week to share some of the many reasons why being safe and healthy at work is important:
- Be safe. Be healthy. Because…your actions can support physical and mental health at work
- Be safe. Be healthy. Because…your family/friends/pets are waiting to welcome you home
- Be safe. Be healthy. Because…it makes good business sense, and
- Be safe. Be healthy. Because…there’s so much more to look forward to.
How do I get involved?
National Safe Work Month is all about participation and getting involved is easy! There are four main ways to join in:
- Download the National Safe Work Month electronic information kit – to help you raise awareness about work health and safety within your organisation. The kit includes products such as posters, fact sheets, web banners, bunting, email templates, national safety statistics and other printable material.
- Enter the National Safe Work Month Workplace Participation Reward for your chance to win $5000 towards a work health and safety conference, expo or event of your choice. Safe Work Australia will present the reward to the organisation displaying the most outstanding spirit, participation, creativity and sustainability during October, as judged by submitted photos and stories. Read more about how to submit your photos and stories on the National Safe Work Month Workplace Participation Reward page.
- Download the free National Safe Work Month smart phone application – find out about safety events happening near you, read national safety statistics, watch virtual seminars and enter the Workplace Participation Reward. The app is free to download on all mobile devices.
- Watch the 2015 Virtual Seminar Series – a series of free online seminars showcasing the latest thinking and research in work health and safety. This year’s seminars discuss good work design and safety throughout supply chains with a focus on the construction and manufacturing industries.
- Attend events organised by your local state and territory work health and safety regulators. View event information on the Events page.
How do you keep raising awareness of work health and safety once National Safe Work Month is over?
While National Safe Work Month puts a strong focus on work health and safety during October, workplace health and safety should remain a priority all year round.
You can practice what you learn during National Safe Work Month, every month of the year. Continue reinforcing your health and safety messages to ensure work health and safety is not forgotten!