Sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits everyone
Everyone has a right to come home from work each day safe and healthy.
Workplaces around Australia are currently taking part in October’s National Safe Work Month, committing to trying to lower the number of work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths.
The theme for 2017 is “Sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits everyone”. It’s a reminder that everyone is responsible for ensuring the safety and health of the people we work with.
Reducing workplace fatalities
The national work health and safety regulator, Safe Work Australia began in 2008. Since then, the rate of workplace fatalities has been on the decline. But we still have a long way to go.
The Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash, acknowledged the need for progress when she launched Safe Work Month. Senator Cash noted, “One death or injury is one too many.”
In 2017, 129 Australians have been killed at work.
Historically, around half of all workplace fatalities occur in agriculture, forestry and fishing industry and transport, postal and warehousing industries. Most fatalities across all industries continue to come about because of motor vehicle accidents.
But the need to monitor health and safety applies wherever people do work, whether it’s offsite or in offices.
Work health and safety (WHS) resources
Employers looking for ideas on how to identify and address work health and safety (WHS) issues should have a look at the resources provided by Safe Work Australia.
Safe Work Australia has described “Five steps to a safe and healthy workplace”.
You can also share your own ideas and experiences on Twitter and elsewhere using the hashtag #safeworkmonth.
GRC Solutions offers a wide range of Work Health and Safety training options, including off-the-shelf and customised online training content.
Our courses cover the full range of obligations, from ground-level staff, to managers and officers, to WHS representatives and committees.