Spotlight on workers’ safety

Posted April 27, 2016

Safety

Workers have been urged to stop for a minute’s silence tomorrow (April 28) as a mark of respect for those who have lost their lives in workplace accidents.

It’s part of a suite of measures Work Safe Australia is promoting to raise the profile of the issue.

Work Safe Australia is an Australian Government statutory agency established in 2009 under the Safe Work Australia Act 2008  to improve workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements.

Australia’s work-related fatality rates have been steadily trending downwards over recent years. In 2015, 193 people nationwide lost their lives at work.

This Thursday the agency is raising awareness for World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day to further reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.

How to get involved

To recognise World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day in your workplace you could:

  • - stop for a minute of silence, to remember those who have lost their lives at work
  • - organise a morning or afternoon tea to talk about work health and safety
  • - attend a local workers’ memorial event
  • - arrange for a safety expert to speak at your workplace
  • - use the free downloadable posters and banner available at http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/news/pages/tn-06042016
  • - use #worldWHSday2016 when discussing World Day for Safety and Health at Work on social media.

 

 

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