Entries are now open for the 30th annual WorkSafe Awards.
The Awards aim to recognise safety ideas and innovations, groups and businesses who have demonstrated excellence in workplace safety and wellbeing.
WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies said this year’s awards theme – “Play your Part: Celebrating 30 Years of What Matters Most,” serves as a reminder that workplace safety is everyone’s concern.
“Last year 27 people lost their lives as a result of a serious incident in Victorian workplaces,” said Ms. Amies.
“This toll is the highest since 2009, but is far more than a number. It means countless family members and friends missing loved ones, workplaces devastated by the death of a colleague and local communities left with a gap that can never be filled.”
Ms. Amies said almost 26,000 workers were injured seriously enough in Victoria in 2017 to make a claim.
“Reducing the number of fatalities and injuries is at the very heart of everything WorkSafe does but, in order for workplaces to continue to be safer, everyone must make safety their priority too,” she said.
Ms. Amies said this year’s Awards was an opportunity to reflect how occupational health and safety had progressed over the past three decades.
Workplace health and safety has improved dramatically since the awards began in 1988 but what has never changed is the dedication of entrants in coming up with innovative ways to make workplaces across Victoria safer,” she said.
“These awards honour employers and workers who are making safety in the workplace a priority, and those who do everything they can to help injured workers return to safe work.”
Categories for this year’s Awards:
- Health and Safety Invention of the Year
- OHS Achievement
- Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue
- Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue
- Health and Safety Representative of the Year
- Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing
- Worker Return to Work Achievement
- Leading Return to Work Practice by Employer
- Return to Work Coordinator Excellence
Entries close 31 May 2018. Winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Crown on 18 October.