Today marks the beginning of 2015 National Safe Work Month (Safety Month)—a time to raise awareness and focus on health and safety in your workplace. The Virtual Seminar Series (VSS), a key activity of Safety Month, also starts tomorrow with a keynote address from Ann Sherry AO, Chair of Safe Work Australia.
In officially launching Safety Month, Ms Baxter encourages workers to reflect on their reasons for being safe and healthy at work.
“National Safe Work Month provides an opportunity for us all to focus on health and safety in our workplaces and to drive lasting improvements,” Safe Work Australia’s Chief Executive Officer and 2015 Safety Month Ambassador Michelle Baxter said.
“For me, the major cost of workplace injury is the personal impact on the worker and their family and friends. I want workers to be safe and healthy at work so they can return home to their loved ones each day.”
“This year’s theme is Be safe. Be healthy. Because…. We have deliberately left the theme open so you can add your personal reasons for being safe and healthy at work. Think about what is important to you,” Ms Baxter said.
“Participating in National Safe Work Month is easy. Get involved by downloading the free smart phone application, allowing you to access resources, safety statistics and events at your convenience.”
“You can also participate in the Virtual Seminar Series – a series of free, online seminars held throughout October. The seminars showcase the latest thinking, innovation and research in work health and safety and are a great way to start a conversation about what is important to you,” Ms Baxter said.
Safe Work Australia is encouraging all Australians to explore the Safety Month web page, where you can download the electronic information kit, enter the Workplace Participation Reward, download the free smart phone application and watch the 2015 VSS.