National Safe Work Month 2016 begins

National Safe Work Month has once again commenced. Held in October of each year, National Safe Work Month aims to raise and improve awareness of work health and safety through encouragement of discussion and sharing positive stories from workplaces across Australia.

All Australians are urged to make health and safety a priority in their workplace to reduce injury, death and disease.

The CEO of Safe Work Australia, Michelle Baxter, has released a video message to commence October that appeals to workers to save lives by having a conversation, sharing stories and raising awareness about work health and safety.

“National Safe Work Month has been running for over a decade and during this time there has been a steady decline in the number of workers injured or killed at work. However, each year almost 200 people are still heading off to work and not returning home,” said Ms Baxter.

“We can do better than this. We can improve these statistics and this can start with a simple conversation. The more we talk about work health and safety the more it becomes a normal part of our conversation and everyday work life.”

There are many ways to take part in National Safe Work Month. You can hold an event in your workplace or attend an event that has been organised in your local area. Work health and safety regulators in each state and territory have organised hundreds of events throughout October, most of which are free. More information and resources are available on the Safe Work Australia website or by searching ‘safety month’ in your state or territory.

To find out more about how you can get involved, visit the Safe Work Australia website – www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au