Work health and safety is for everyone and anyone can get involved in the many events and initiatives been held during National Safe Work Month across the country.
Find the events happening in your region or get involved by creating your own initiatives with the resources from the National Safe Work Month campaign kit.
Webinar: Accelerated workplace change in the face of COVID-19
Safe Work Australia partnered with Comcare to broadcast a webinar as part of National Safe Work Month – Accelerated workplace change in the face of COVID-19.
The webinar explores the rapid and large-scale changes that workplaces of different sizes and across various industries have undertaken to address the WHS risks and challenges presented by COVID-19. Watch the webinar recording.
Mental Health Day
As part of National Safe Work Month, Safe Work Australia recognises Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020.
Employers must eliminate or minimise work-related risk to psychological health and safety so far as is reasonably practicable.
See our information sheet about preventing psychological injury at work during COVID-19.
Download the work-related psychological health and safety guide for more information or talk to your WHS regulator.
BeUpstanding trial and working from home resources
Safe Work Australia is a proud partner of BeUpstanding – a free, evidence-based workplace health behaviour change program designed to address the significant WHS and financial costs associated with prolonged sitting.
Promote WHS in your workplace by signing up to the BeUpstanding trial and stand up, sit less and move more!
The BeUpstanding program is free and includes a toolkit with fact sheets, videos and email templates which are tailored to desk-based workers working from home, flexibly or in the office. Go to the BeUpstanding website for more information.
What's on in your region
WorkSafe QLD will run a range of National Safe Work Month virtual speaker presentations throughout October. Presentations include:
- 2 October – Safety fundamentals: Small and medium sized business workshop (including a live Q&A)
- 7 October – How wellness impacts safety (pain science)
- 13 October – Achieving mentally healthy workplaces through early intervention
- 14 October – Managing the mental health impacts of remote and isolated work (panel discussion)
- 23 October – Heat stress management – you're doing it wrong! (including a live Q&A)
Visit the WorkCover Queensland Safe Work Month website to view their full calendar or plan your own activity using their campaign resources.
Tasmania’s Safe Work Month 2020 theme – ‘Safe Bodies, Safe Minds’ highlights the importance of physical and mental health and wellbeing at work and shows what can be done to ensure work is safer, healthier and more productive.
WorkSafe Tasmania is hosting a program of online webinars and online training delivered by OzHelp Tasmania (a program of Lifeline Tasmania).
Topics include the ongoing health and safety implications of COVID-19, mental health at work, workplace wellbeing, supporting others in the workplace, and health and safety for small business.
SafeWork SA are holding an Organise your own workplace activity competition.
The competition runs for the month of October and you can register your activity anytime up until 31 October 2020.
WorkSafe WA's 2020 Safe Work Month theme is ‘Staying focused on workplace health and safety’ and the program features virtual events and presentations from work health and safety experts throughout October.
A full list of presentations will be available following registration. Register your interest on the WorkSafe WA Safe Work Month website.
New South Wales
As part of National Safe Work Month, SafeWork NSW is hosting a series of online events focused on construction and mental health.
More information about SafeWork NSW’s Safe Work Month activities and resources is available on their Safe Work Month website.
WorkSafe Victoria’s online Health and Safety Month program will be announced shortly. Keep an eye on the WorkSafe Victoria website for more information.
NT WorkSafe is running a series of work health and safety webinars and online presentations as part of their National Safe Work Month activities.
The webinars are free, however some webinars have a capacity limit, so registration is required. For more information and to register go to NT WorkSafe’s Safe Work Month events page.
Comcare will be hosting a series of National Safe Work Month webinars. Visit the Comcare website to register.
- COVID-19, our work, mental health & wellbeing – Wednesday 14 October. Working from home and the effects associated with COVID-19, plus a look at the future impact of work.
- COVID-19, safety systems and safety culture – Wednesday 28 October. Comcare’s regulatory specialists will outline the key elements of safety management systems and what makes some more effective than others.
Share your National Safe Work Month activities and online events on social media using the hashtags #safeworkmonth and #safetytogether.