27 September 2023

Safe Work getting ready for safe month

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Safe Work Australia has released the theme and campaign kit for this year’s National Safe Work Month ahead of the official events planned for October.

Releasing the 2022 kit, Safe Work said this year’s theme was Know safety, work safely to encourage everyone to make health and safety in the workplace a priority.

“No one should be unsafe at work and no injury or death is acceptable,” Safe Work said.

“There is more that we can do, and together we can make a difference.

“This is why, during October each year, we ask businesses, employers and workers across Australia to join National Safe Work Month and commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.”

Safe Work said that in this October it would focus on a different health and safety area for each week.

It said the first week would focus on injuries at work, on common health and safety risks and how to control those risks to keep workers safe – “whether it is from slips, trips and falls, lifting, pushing and pulling (manual tasks), or moving objects”.

It said mental health would be in the spotlight for the second week.

“Mental (psychological) health, just like physical health, is an important part of work health and safety,” Safe Work said. “Work-related psychological injuries (mental illness) have a significant impact on workers, their families and business.”

It said those injuries could result in longer time away from work and cost more than other injuries.

Safe Work said week number three would focus on managing WHS risks and preventing harm, while the final week in the month would focus on safe, healthy, and productive work for all.

The 2022 National Safe Work Month campaign kit can be accessed at this PS News link where Safe Work Australia also offers readers the chance to comment on the theme of the 2022 campaign, the topics they would like included and the resources they would find useful.

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