Advocate For Change This National Safe Work Month
No hat no play! We’ve heard it as children and it still applies in adulthood today. At Co Gear, we are advocating the importance of National Safe Work Month, and the incidents that can easily be prevented through the knowledge and education of WHS procedures.
For those working in the resources sector, workplace safety is heavily invested in, emphasised and can not be taken lightly. This year especially, has us all feeling a type of… unsafe, if you will. Moving through our day to day tasks and work lives through a pandemic has proven interesting and of course, challenging. For some, working from home has become the new norm - self-isolating, a high level of hygiene, masks and an abundance of hand sanitiser has become a regular occurrence. Strict insolation processes for FIFO workers has been introduced, causing a spike in mental health issues.
The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022, was put together in 2012 and recently updated in April 2018. It focuses on three national targets to achieve by 2022:
A reduction in the number of worker fatalities due to injury of at least 20%.
A reduction in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work of at least 30%.
A reduction in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work of at least 30%.
So how can we continue to implement change in our own workplaces and strive to do better? We can start by making sure our work WHS procedures are kept up to date and are relevant. Look out for each other as a team, report risks and hazards immediately and ensure regular WHS training takes place. If you feel as though your workplace doesn’t talk enough on these important issues, use your voice to advocate for change and encourage your colleagues to get on board.
Get your workplace involved using resources from the Safe Work Australia website.
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