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National Safe Work Month

Posted by Richard Forster on 30 September 2021

October is National Safe Work Month in Australia. A time of the year when the safety community and workplaces come together around a central theme. In 2022 the chosen theme is

“Think safe, work safe, be safe”

Think safe—is the first step to thinking about health and safety, which covers the planning and forethought that employers and small business owners must do to identify risks and maintain healthy and safe workplaces.

Work safe—is about implementing health and safety measures to manage risks including the practical steps you can take to reduce risk and avoid workplace incidents.

Be safe—considers the ongoing process of managing and monitoring health and safety risks – it is not a one off.

Being healthy and safe means being free from physical and psychological harm. No job should be unsafe and no death or injury is acceptable. A safe and healthy workplace benefits everyone. As such the October National Safe Work Month initiative is a time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

In 2022, the initiative has been broken down as follows for the four weeks

Week 1 - Keeping all workers safe

Everyone has the right to be safe at work no matter where you work. The changing workforce considers a range of workers and high-risk industries in the current workforce and what the future workforce may look like in the future

Promotional kit download: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month-2021-week-1-promo-kit

Week 2 - Mental Health

Under health and safety laws, employers have a duty to protect workers from psychosocial risks as well as physical risks. The best way to do this is by applying the same risk management process used to manage physical risks, including consulting with workers

Promotional kit download: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month-2021-week-2-promo-kit

Week 3 - Clean Air. Clear Lungs.

Everyone has the right to be safe at work. The air you, your workers and others breathe at work can be hazardous and cause lung damage. Occupational lung diseases are conditions of the respiratory system caused by workplace exposure to dusts, gases, fumes, vapours mists and microorganisms.

Promotional kit download: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month-2021-week-3-promo-kit

Week 4 - Inside and out

Being safe inside and out includes identifying and managing the workplace hazards which can cause harm to workers, whether working in an office environment or outside. Employers must eliminate or reduce workplace risks to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers.

Promotional kit download: https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month-2021-week-4-promo-kit

If you wish to get involved, please see the following

Further information about National Safe Work Month https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month

National Safe Work Month campaign kit https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month

Related initiatives such as

·         Have a safety chat over a cuppa

·         Mental health day

·         People at work – assessing psychosocial risks (access to free online tool)

·         Be upstanding (access to free behaviour-based change program)

·         Lung foundation collaboration

·         What is happening for National Safe Work Month across Australia


Enjoy, stay safe and healthy!

Author:Richard Forster


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