Safe Work Australia is urging businesses to prioritise health and safety, and conduct risk assessments during this National Safe Work Month.
“National Safe Work Month is all about participation, so take some time out this October to raise awareness, conduct a risk assessment and make changes to improve your workplace,” Chairman Ann Sherry said. Work related injuries and illnesses are estimated to cost $60 billion a year to employers, workers and the community.
Health and safety risk management is key to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. It involves taking reasonable steps to eliminate, or minimise, possible hazards and their consequences. Taking precautionary measures allows businesses to be responsive and facilitate continuous improvement.
“There is strong evidence that businesses who manage their risks well, including their health and safety risks, perform better financially,” she said.
“Investing in work health and safety provides me with a positive return on investment and it can do the same for you. Be safe. Be healthy.”
This year, 126 Australians have been killed at work, with 10 deaths in the mining industry to date in 2015.
Safe Work Australia leads the development of national policy to improve work health and safety, and recommends six steps to manage risks:
- Identify risks
- Assess risks
- Control risks
- Review controls
- Keep records
It has also released a Code of Practice designed to help make workplaces safer.