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Play your part: Celebrating 30 years of what matters most

Submitted on Tuesday, 24th April 2018

It’s WorkSafe Victoria’s award nomination time, and the part that Victorians play in making workplaces safer will be highlighted at the WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2018 Gala Dinner on 18 October.

If you strive to improve workplace health, safety and wellbeing we encourage you to nominate as entries are now open for 30th edition of the awards. WorkSafe Chief Executive, Clare Amies, said the awards theme, Play your part: Celebrating 30 years of what matters most, is a reminder that workplace safety is everyone’s concern.

“Last year, 27 people lost their lives as a result of a serious incident in Victorian workplaces,” Claire said. “This toll is the highest since 2009, but is far more than a number. It means countless family members and friends missing loved ones, workplaces devastated by the death of a colleague and local communities left with a gap that can never be filled.” At the time of writing this article, the number of fatalities for 2018 stands at 10.

Claire said that in addition to the fatality toll, almost 26,000 workers were injured seriously enough in Victoria last year to make a claim. “Reducing the number of fatalities and injuries is at the very heart of everything WorkSafe does but, in order for workplaces to continue to be safer, everyone must make safety their priority too,” she said.

The 30th anniversary of the awards is a great opportunity to reflect on how occupational health and safety had progressed over the past three decades. Claire continued, “Workplace health and safety has improved dramatically since the awards began in 1988 but what has never changed is the dedication of entrants in coming up with innovative ways to make workplaces across Victoria safer”.

“These awards honour employers and workers who are making safety in the workplace a priority, and those who do everything they can to help injured workers return to safe work.” The Hon Robin Scott MP, Minister of Finance, said the awards showcase the rich variety of ways Victorian businesses and workers are addressing health and safety issues.

“The WorkSafe Awards recognise outstanding contributions to workplace health and safety and helping injured workers return to work,” Minister Scott said. “It is both satisfying and reassuring to see the commitment by so many Victorians year after year to creating safer, healthier and happier workplaces.”

The categories for this year’s awards are:

  • Health and Safety Invention of the Year
  • OHS Achievement
  • Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue
  • Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue
  • Health and Safety Representative of the Year
  • Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing
  • Worker Return to Work Achievement
  • Leading Return to Work Practice by Employer
  • Return to Work Coordinator Excellence.

Nominations are open to all Victorian-based employers and workers, and entrants may nominate themselves or another person. Entries close 31 May 2018. Winners will be announced at the WorkSafe Victoria Awards 2018 Gala Dinner on 18 October.

For more information, go to www.worksafeawards.com.au where you can find the judging criteria for each category and, by using the criteria questions, you can find out what the judges are looking for in a winning entry. Enter the WorkSafe Victoria awards on the same webpage.

If you would need any help with making health and safety improvements at your workplace, our Health, Safety and Wellbeing consultants are on hand. If you are a small or medium sized business, you can access our assistance for free through the WorkSafe OHS Essentials program. Contact the team on 03 8662 5333 or by email.

 

 

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