This October, take a moment to consider what workplace safety means to you. Safety in the workplace is everyone's responsibility and every person who leaves for work in the morning, should expect to return home safely. In October each year Safe Work Australia asks that workers and employers across Australia commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.
Last year in Australia, 191 people lost their lives in the workplace and a further 106,000 people made a claim for a serious injury – National Safe Work Month is a time for all Australians to ensure that the workplace is safe from hazards and free of harm.
Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Minister for Jobs, Industrial Relations and Women launched National Safe Work Month in a recent video address, asking employers and workers in all workplaces and industries to commit to taking a safety moment every day this October.
Safe Work Australia Chair and Chair of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council, Ms Diane Smith-Gander, also urges employers and workers to take a moment for safety this October. Ms Smith-Gander explains in a recent video that taking a safety moment can be as simple as spending a few minutes every morning talking with your team about the hazards and risks that are in your workplace, and the ways to prevent harm.
To find out more about work health and safety in Australia and how you can contribute to National Safe Work Month, visit Safe Work Australia’s website: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/news-and-events/national-safe-work-month