The 2019 Safe Work and Return to Work Awards have officially been launched by Queensland’s Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace.
“These awards put a spotlight on the leaders in work health and safety who challenge the norm,” Ms Grace said.
“If you have made your workplace safer or helped a workmate get back on the job quickly and safely, then now is the time to share your story with all of Queensland.
“It doesn’t matter what industry you are in, where you operate, or how big or small your workforce is. We want other businesses to hear about your successes and see if they can make their own workplace safer or get injured workers back on the job faster.
“I’d encourage all Queensland businesses and individuals to put their hat in the ring.”
Ms Grace said a major new category has been added to the list in 2019, called Best demonstrated healthy and safe work design.
“Designing healthy and safe work is fundamental to improving health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace and is a focus of Queensland’s Work Health and Safety Board’s five-year strategic plan.”
The 2019 categories are:
Category 1 – Best solution to an identified health and safety issue
Category 2 – Best individual contribution to work health and safety
Category 3 – Best solution to an identified electrical safety issue
Category 4 – Most significant improvement to work health and safety performance
Category 5 – Best commitment to work health and wellbeing
Category 6 – Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety (Closed category – entrants are chosen by the judging panels from categories one to five)
Category 7 – Injured worker achievement award (serious injury and return to work)
Category 8 – Best rehabilitation and return to work management system
Category 9 – Best individual contribution to rehabilitation and return to work
Category 10 – Best demonstrated leadership in return to work (Closed category – entrants are chosen by the judging panels from categories seven to nine)
New Category 11 – Best demonstrated healthy and safe work design (Closed category – entrants are chosen by the judging panels from categories one to five, eight and nine)
Entries close on 21 June.
The winners will be announced by Safety Ambassador Shane Webcke in October, during Safe Work Month.
More details are available at worksafe.qld.gov.au.