Safe Work Month is about everyone's health and safety - it can make all the difference.
Safe Work Month runs throughout October - it's a time to increase focus on improving work health and safety in your workplace, including the wellbeing of your employees.
Australians spend one third of their lives at work. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure they are safe, supported and well. Safety is serious, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.
The focus of this Safe Work Month is safety in construction and mental health.
The construction industry is one of NSW’s highest risk industries. Every year, thousands of workers are injured or killed on NSW construction sites.
Over the past four years around 30,000 workers were injured on NSW construction sites because of unsafe work practices. Thirty-three were killed and more than 2000 have been left permanently disabled.
With nearly 1 in 6 workers experiencing mental ill health right now, it’s more important than ever for businesses to provide a mentally healthy work environment to ensure workers stay physically and mentally healthy during these unprecedented times.
Mental ill-health costs NSW employers an estimated $2.8 billion annually, so it makes sense for businesses small and large to develop a mentally healthy workplace. As well as enjoying a return on investment of up to $4 for every $1 invested, mentally healthy workplaces promote increased staff retention, work quality and productivity. They also have reduced injuries, unplanned leave, and rehabilitation and workers’ compensation claim costs.
Find out how this construction business raised awareness about mental health and strategies they put in place.
What’s on during Safe Work Month 2020
Studying the impacts of COVID-19 on workplace mental health [Media release]
Improving mental health one workplace at a time [Media release]
Join this year’s 2020 SafeWork NSW Awards event. For the first time, this event is online and free for everyone to participate.
This is a great opportunity to get your workplace involved in Safe Work Month by watching and hearing the stories of the best NSW workplaces have to offer in health and safety during COVID-19.
Get social this #safeworkmonth
Show us how your workplace is getting involved in Safe Work Month by posting online, tag our account and use the hashtag #safeworkmonth, and keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn channels for news and resources.
Notify SafeWork NSW
You must notify us in the event of a serious injury, illness, dangerous incident or death; OR before undertaking any hazardous work by calling 13 10 50.
Did you know you can use the Speak Up app to let us know about unsafe work anywhere, anytime?
National Safe Work Month
This year SafeWork Australia’s theme is Work Health and Safety through COVID_19. Visit SafeWork Australia for resources you can display in your workplace including fact sheets and posters.