Observed annually in October, National Safe Work Month is an initiative run by SafeWork Australia to spotlight the importance of work health and safety. As the leading workplace specialists for over 25,000 small and medium businesses across Australia, Employsure encourages employers to get involved in the annual awareness event by stepping up efforts to create healthier, safer and happier workplaces.
Senior Health and Safety Manager from Employsure, Larry Drewsen says, it's really that simple: "No one should go to work and never return home." Adding, that safety is easier when there is a collaborative effort, "From front-line workers and employees all the way to upper management, it's essential that everybody works together to ensure every Australian worker arrives home safely and without injury after each and every shift."
"Safe work awareness shouldn't be isolated to the month of October – it's a commitment to be taken very seriously every single day, 365 days a year."
"Whether your workplace is in the offices of the corporate headquarters city buildings, in a warehouse, in the field, on the road, or anywhere else, making sure your workplace ensures you and your team are safe when doing their job is the number one priority."
"Lives change forever when there's a serious injury or death in the workplace. The victims, their families, employers, co-workers, paramedics, and all those involved."
Mr Drewsen says safety is a collaborative effort: "Whether you're a worker, an employee, employer or business owner, everyone has the right to feel safe at work. No workplace should be unsafe to work in, and injuries or fatalities should not be tolerated."
By sharing your knowledge, you can help prevent your workplace and co-workers from becoming a statistic:
- Over 100,000 serious workplace injury claims are lodged in Australia every year1
- Untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year2
- 81 per cent of Australian small businesses admit they don't fully understand their workplace safety obligations3
- 1 in 3 small business employers don't know where to go to find help; admitting they rely on Google for answers4
What can your business do during Health and Safe Work Month?
"Safety in the workplace along with the regulations is tricky to manage but there is no room for second guessing. You have to get it right the first time. Unsafe workplaces cost lives."
"Throughout this month we'll be sharing helpful tips on how you can make your workplace safer, shed light on the common hazards and safety mistakes so you can mitigate, and avoid them, give you informative infographics to download, including videos and many more helpful resources you can use to take part in the National Safe Work Month this October."