Commit to building a safe and healthy workplace, Safe Work Australia chair urges

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October is National Safe Work Month and Safe Work Australia is urging employers and workers to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

With the theme, Sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits everyone, Safe Work Australia Chair, Diane Smith-Gander said she would like organisations to run a safety initiative and share it so that everyone can benefit from their experience and knowledge.

“Work-related injury and disease cost out community $61.8 billion a year,” said Ms. Smith-Gander.

“In other words, poor work health and safety costs $5000 per worker each year and equates to 4.1 percent of Australia’s gross domestic product. This doesn’t even touch on the immeasurable cost of grief and trauma to workers and their families.

“The whole community bears the cost of poor work health and safety.

“So, this October, commit to improving health and safety in your workplace,” she said.

A comprehensive campaign kit has been released on the National Safe Work Month website. The kit includes logos, posters, flyers, graphics, and messages.

“There are also ideas for safety activities, and a five-step guide to building a safe and healthy workplace, and a competition that offers $5000 in prize money to the organisation with the best safety initiative,” said Ms. Smith-Gander.

“The kit contains everything you need to run a safety initiative this October. Share your initiative using #safeworkmonth and by tagging Safe Work Australia on social – because your knowledge and experience is worth sharing.”

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