SafeWork SA is encouraging workers and employers to get involved in Safe Work Week 2013, which runs from the 28th October to the 1st of November this year.
The focus of this year’s initiative is to “Take a fresh look at work health and safety”.
SafeWork SA is urging all South Australians, regardless of industry to become more efficient when it comes to workplace safety.
I find it interesting that Safe Work SA has chosen this year’s theme to be “Take a fresh look at WHS” because it is easy to become too content and comfortable with worksites and fail to recognise new hazards and increased risk that may arise as work progresses. If we become to set in our ways we often tend to forget about safety as we concentrate solely on getting the job done.
The benefit of such initiatives is that it encourages us to think about safety more proactively whereas we would otherwise become complacent about workplace safety issues, it is useful to be reminded of the issues.
SafeWork Week has officially been launched by the Presiding Member of the SafeWork SA Advisory Council, Tom Phillips who invited people to register or plan workplace safety events of their own.
The over 60 free workshops are “tailored to meet the needs of today’s employers, workers, contractors, health and safety representatives and professionals” according to Safe Work SA.
The event this year will feature more than 60 free information seminars and will also offer workers the opportunity to have their own safety events. People have been urged to book their place as soon as possible because the program is expected to book out quickly.
The various information systems will cover old and new workplace safety issues as well as innovations and insights in workplace health and safety. Some of the topics to be covered include:
Cyber Bullying and the Digital Divide
Communication in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Workplaces
Bullying, Discrimination and Harassment
Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders
Growing Older: Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Work
Working at Heights in Construction
Occupational Hygiene – Noise, Dust, Fumes and More
Fatigue-Proofing Your Workplace
Hazard Management and Risk Assessment
Phillips has urged workers who are unable to attend the talks to arrange their own safety events at their workplaces. Workplaces that choose to do this can register their activities online and also gain access to Safe Work resources to help.
People can register on their website and choose from a range of topics with resources available online to match those topics.
He went on to explain that workplace health and safety is the responsibility of everyone not just one entity, the employer or the worker but everyone. That is why everyone needs to participate in promoting and ensuring workplace health and safety.
For more information about Safe Work Week 2013 including the program of events or to register to hold your own events, visit http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/sw2013/home.html