Safe Work Month is about committing to improving work health and safety and remembering our most important reasons for staying safe at work.
“Work-related injury and disease cost our community $61.8 billion a year,” - Safe Work Australia
“In other words, poor work health and safety costs $5000 per worker each year and equates to 4.1 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product. - Safe Work Australia
While the Commonwealth, states and territories are responsible for regulating and enforcing the WHS laws in their jurisdictions, we all have a responsibility and duty for building a safe workplace around us.
Business owners, managers and employers owe a duty to employees to ensure ‘so far as reasonably practicable’ their health and safety at work.
In Australia, ‘regulation’ is the process by which the model WHS laws are enforced. State-based WHS agencies – often called ‘regulators’ – enforce the model WHS laws in their jurisdiction.
“So, this October, commit to improving health and safety in your workplace.” - Safe Work Australia
For more information visit the Safe Work Australia website.