Be safe. Be healthy. Because…it makes good business sense

Ann Sherry AO, Chair of Safe Work Australia and National Safe Work Month Ambassador is urging businesses to make health and safety a priority and conduct a risk assessment during the third week of 2015 National Safe Work Month.

“National Safe Work Month is all about participation, so take some time out this October to raise awareness, conduct a risk assessment and make changes to improve your workplace,” says Ms Sherry.

With the estimated total cost of work related injury and illness to employers, workers and the community at $60 billion a year, Ann Sherry maintains that a safe and healthy workplace is non-negotiable and that good health and safety management is all about good risk management.

“There is strong evidence that businesses who manage their risks well, including their health and safety risks, perform better financially,” said Ms Sherry.

Managing workplace risks effectively involves thinking about what could go wrong, what the consequences could be and then doing whatever is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise the health and safety risks.

This process helps you to be responsive and facilitate continuous improvement. More information and case studies about managing work health and safety risks can be found on the Safe Work Australia website

“Investing in work health and safety provides me with a positive return on investment and it can do the same for you. Be safe. Be healthy. Because….it makes good business sense is just one sub-theme of National Safe Work Month in 2015.”

Ann Sherry’s video message can be viewed on the National Safe Work Month web page. More information about the National Safe Work Month themes, the Workplace Participation Reward and the 2015 Virtual Seminar Series is also available on this page. 


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