October is National Safe Work Month, a national campaign run by Safe Work Australia to raise awareness about work health and safety (WHS) in the Australian working community. Safe Work Australia was established in 2008 with the sole purpose of developing national policy and guidance for WHS and worker compensation, and since then they have seen a steady decline in workplace injury incidents.
This year the theme is “Be a Safety Champion” with a focus on the fact that regardless of your occupation or industry, or if you’re an employer or a worker, YOU can be the voice for a safer work environment
At MIGAS, the safety of our Apprentices and Trainees is paramount and we encourage everyone to take the message of “Be a Safety Champion” to heart. The best place to start is by identifying what you are already doing to contribute to work health and safety in your workplace.
- Do you know what your responsibilities are to build a safe and healthy workplace?
- Do you know what your work health and safety duties are in your workplace?
- Are you currently aware of any hazards or risks in your workplace?
- Do you know what are the most common hazards and risks associated with your industry?
- Do you always consider what the possible hazards or risks are when you’re planning a task?
- Have you or one of your workmates been impacted by a work-related injury? Do they require assistance with returning to work?
- Do you know where and how to report a work health and safety incident?
For more information about how you can be a Safety Champion here are some handy documents supplied by Safe Work Australia.
For further information about National Safe Work Month visit: National Safe Work Month