Lasting through October with the theme “Work Health and Safety Through COVID-19”, Safe Work Australia’s goal is to remind Australians of the importance of work health and safety as workplaces face the ongoing challenge of COVID-19.
“The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen Australian workplaces facing new challenges which have affected all aspects of their operations, from new physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning requirements to innovations in the way they do their work,” said Safe Work Australia chair Diane Smith-Gander.
“COVID-19 has also put a spotlight on other work health and safety risks, most notably from the large increase in numbers of people working differently such as from home. The risks arising from COVID-19 are likely to have changed Australian workplaces forever.
“What we’ve seen this year is just how central work health and safety is and the significant role it plays in protecting the ability of Australian businesses to operate.”
Safe Work Australia chief executive Michelle Baxter said National Safe Work Month is an opportunity to remind Australian workplaces to keep work health and safety a top priority.
“We’re inviting workplaces across Australia to take part in National Safe Work Month and show their ongoing commitment to health and safety at work, through COVID-19 and beyond,” Ms Baxter said.
“The National Safe Work Month campaign kit is available online now and has a suite of resources to help support and promote safety at work.
“Whatever the industry or workplace, every organisation can take part in National Safe Work Month and champion work health and safety.”
Businesses can access the National Safe Work Month campaign kit by clicking here.