After another successful Safe Work Month it is clear that work health and safety is very important to Queensland businesses and workers.
This year, 3350 people registered to attend Safe Work Month events held throughout the state, with twenty-two organisations sharing their Safe Work Month activities on the community event calendar and hundreds more holding more their own events.
Forty businesses sponsored Workplace Health and Safety Queensland’s (WHSQ) regional breakfasts and Safe Work Month events, helping to make it the most successful Safe Work Month yet!
More than 35 organisations exhibited at this year's Big Breakfast with Mal Meninga in King George Square on Friday 4 October. Workers, employers, students, families and passers-by enjoyed:
The Work Health and Safety Symposium, one of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland's most popular Safe Work Month events, was held on Friday 25 October 2013, at The Pullman Brisbane, King George Square.
High profile business speakers and safety experts discussed safety innovation and improving business performance by improving work health and safety. Keynote speakers included:
From July to October, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland hosted eight breakfast seminars across Queensland supported by local businesses.
More than 800 business leaders and work health and safety professionals registered to attend the breakfasts which included presentations from industry leaders and case studies from local organisations that demonstrated leadership and practical solutions to work health and safety issues.
Safety Ambassador Mal Meninga was a guest speaker at every breakfast and offered exclusive fitness sessions to participants prior to each breakfast seminar.
Safety Advocates Tiffany Ward and Jed Millen, who were permanently injured in separate workplace incidents also attended the breakfast seminars to share their experience and how it could have been prevented.
WHSQ and WorkCover Queensland hosted Safe Work Month information sessions in 28 Queensland towns and cities during October.
Approximately 1800 people attended the information sessions and heard from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and Electrical Safety Office inspectors and advisors, as well as WorkCover Queensland representatives about how they can improve their health and safety systems, injury prevention and return to work practices.
We received a constant stream of photo submissions for the Facebook photo gallery, depicting Queenslanders' most important reasons for staying healthy and safe at work.
Organisations throughout Queensland again held their own Safe Work Month events and activities, including presentations, workshops, training sessions, staff breakfasts or lunches, competitions and family and community days.