Safety Month is the perfect opportunity for employers to
tackle WH&S issues head on and show that they are committed to
ensuring that all of their workers get home safely.
October is Safety Month throughout Australia, and that gives all
employers the chance to reflect on safety and protect their number
one asset – their people!
The purpose of Safety Month is to raise awareness about work
health and safety and to encourage workers to speak up about
hazards – it can save lives.
Safe Work Australia has advised that this year's theme is
Work Safe, Home Safe and it aims to "remind us that our most
important reason for staying safe at work is not work at all
– we all want to go home safely to our family, friends and
How safe are Australian workplaces?
The 2014 Key Work Health and Safety Statistics report from Safe
Work Australia states that in 2011-2012 there were 128 050 serious
workers' compensation claims (serious claims involve a death,
permanent incapacity or requiring an absence of one working week or
more). This equals about 12.2 serious claims per 1000
That is a lot of people who have gone to work one day but
didn't get to return home safely.
What can you do to improve safety?
Safety Month is the perfect opportunity for employers to tackle
these issues head on and show that they are committed to ensuring
that all of their workers get home safely.
Even small changes can make a large difference. These could
range from spending a few minutes spotting hazards, providing
refresher safety training, reviewing safety procedures to evaluate
compliance with obligations, or even just encouraging workers to
speak up about health and safety issues.
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