09:58 am, Thursday 21 October, 2010
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) is encouraging employers to participate in the upcoming Safe Work Australia Week (SWAW) to be held 24–30 October.
Mal Meninga, Rugby League legend and Queensland Origin team coach, will be participating in SWAW by sharing his own personal experiences and spreading the word about the importance of maintaining a safe work environment.
A wide array of resources and safety ideas are being made available by WHSQ, including:
* holding an information session about your safework systems
* encouraging employees to take a break and exercise to improve physical wellbeing, as well as minimise stress and fatigue
* holding an office clean up day to ensure workplaces are safe and clean
* having a health professional come over the workplace to discuss health and wellbeing
* communicating with employees to encourage them to speak up about health and safety issues.
It costs the Queensland economy over $5.2 billion for 100 work-related injuries and almost 30,000 serious workplace injuries every year. The SWAW is a timely reminder that ensuring the safety of workers is is given priority.
For more information, please visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au.