Safe Work Australia encourages everyone to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces this National Safe Work Month.
National Safe Work Month is held every October and reminds us of the importance of work health and safety. No one should be injured, made sick or be killed by the work they do.
Work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses have a big impact on individuals, their families and the broader community. Safe Work Australia data shows that each year up to 200 workers are fatally injured at work and around 120,000 workers are compensated for a serious work-related injury or illness.
This year’s National Safe Work Month theme – for everyone’s safety, work safely – encourages all of us to prioritise safety in the workplace and work towards preventing work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses. The theme highlights the various ways individuals and organisations can work together to protect workers’ mental and physical health by eliminating and managing risks at work, and ensuring all workers are supported in a safe and healthy workplace.
National Safe Work Month is led by Safe Work Australia and supported by initiatives across Australia from Safe Work Australia Members and their representative organisations, including Commonwealth, state and territory WHS regulators as well as employers and unions.
For more information and to access the National Safe Work Month resources, go to safeworkmonth.swa.gov.au.