Workplace safety needs addressing

By Staff Writer

More than 260 Australians die as a result of work related injuries and over 135 000 are seriously injured every year.

Chair of the Safe Work Australia Council, Tom Phillips AM, said it’s not too late for individuals, businesses and organisations to promote safety in the workplace, by getting involved in national Safe Work Australia Week.
“Celebrating Safe Work Australia Week can be as simple as holding a morning tea or BBQ in your workplace and talking through the issues of workplace safety and its importance,” Mr Phillips said.
“There are a range of activities being held across the country to celebrate the week, and I encourage all Australians to get involved in making their workplaces safer.”
The simple philosophy of there being no excuse for any accident can only be upheld if everyone has a strong commitment to workplace safety.
“By participating in the week, businesses and organisations across Australia can learn more about how to keep their workplace safe and raise awareness of the importance of safety among their workforce,” Mr Phillips said.
“Safe Work Australia Week reminds us all that safety in the workplace is a national priority.”
Mr Phillips said that the week was also an ideal time to get involved in the development of Australia’s new national OHS laws.
“The draft national OHS laws are now open for public comment. I strongly encourage all individuals, organisations and businesses to submit their comments on the laws to ensure it is relevant to all Australian workplaces,” he said.
The public comment period closes on November 9, 2009. For more information and to submit your comments visit the Safe Work Australia website.

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