The finalists in SafeWork NSW’s annual work health and safety awards have been announced. The announcement coincides with the start of National Safe Work Month –a time to make your commitment to improving safety and health in your workplace.
These awards recognise and honour business and workers with the highest standards of workplace health and safety and return to work outcomes in NSW.
Executive Director of SafeWork NSW, Peter Dunphy underlined the importance of announcing the finalists at the beginning of Safe Work Month.
“The Awards highlight how innovation and forward thinking can contribute to improved safety and injury management,” Mr. Dunphy said.
“The Awards have attracted entries from businesses and individuals across the State.”
“Safe Work Month is about workers and employers showing their commitment to a safe and healthy workplace.
“The finalists are setting the benchmark for other business and workers to aim for – during Safe Work Month and every day after.”
This year, the awards attracted a total of 160 entries from businesses and individuals, with 29 finalists selected. Finalists come from a range of industries and include a number of new safety innovations. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 26 October in Sydney.
Mr. Dunphy encouraged businesses and workers to think about how they could create a safety culture at their workplace during Safe Work Month.
“Anyone with a job in this state has the right to a safe and healthy workplace,” he said.
“And whether you are an employer or a worker, and regardless of your industry, occupation or background, workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.
“In 2015/16, SafeWork NSW received reports of 30,902 major workplace injuries and illnesses and 60 fatalities.
“These figures are unacceptably high so it’s clear that more must be done to improve workplace health and safety in this State.
“Safe Work Month is an opportunity for business leaders to demonstrate their commitment to work health and safety and workers to look out for each other and improve health and safety in their workplace.”
For more information on the SafeWork Awards. visit www.safeworkawards.com.au.