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.
Quotes attributable to Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Michelle Baxter
“I encourage workplaces across Australia to take part in National Safe Work Month and commit to this year’s theme – for everyone’s safety, work safely.
Creating a safe and healthy workplace that is free from physical and psychological harm benefits everyone, and that’s what this year’s theme is all about.
All workers have the right to a healthy and safe working environment, regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged.
National Safe Work Month is the perfect time to refocus on health and safety in the workplace and to commit to making WHS a central part of how we do business in Australia.”
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