LEARNING TO MAKE OUR WORKING LIVES SAFER AND FAIRER
Media Release – SafeWork SA
Friday 14 September 2012
Safe Work Week, from Monday 22 to Friday 26 October 2012, is the opportunity for South Australians to learn more about improving work health and safety outcomes with more than 80 free information sessions available for people to attend.
Tom Phillips, Presiding Member of the SafeWork SA Advisory Committee, said the free workshops will provide ‘how to’ information across a broad range of workplace health and safety topics.
“This year we have more speakers and information sessions due to the continued interest and success of South Australia’s major workplace health and safety event,” Mr Phillips said.
“There is something for everyone with sessions about workplace bullying, noise protection, the challenges associated with an ageing workforce, conveyor safety to risk management and more.
People can simply book online at www.safework.sa.gov.au/sw2012 to learn more about how to make our working lives safer, fairer and more productive.
A number of sessions this year will also explain the proposed Work Health and Safety laws, already in place in several other states and currently before the South Australian Parliament.
A highlight of the week is the ever-popular Mock OHS Dispute, which follows a workplace safety case from a work setting through to its conclusion in an Industrial Court Mock Trial.
“This week-long event is part of the national focus on work safety encouraging people to get involved, concentrate on safety and take responsibility in their workplace to help reduce injury, death and disease.
“People have a tendency to think of workplace safety when something goes wrong, but we want people to think ahead and not wait for disaster to strike. Education is key to improving our work safety status,” Mr Phillips said.
“With forethought and planning workplace hazards can be identified and steps taken to reduce the risk, and even better if everyone adopts a safety-mindset.
“Safe Work Week 2012 informs, empowers and inspires people to make workplaces safer, delivering benefits to many people many times over,” Mr Phillips said.
The week concludes with the presentation of the Safe Work Awards at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday, 26 October 2012.