Published 24-08-2015

HOW SAFE IS YOUR WORKPLACE?

21-08-2015

How safe is your workplace? That’s the question WorkSafe is encouraging employers and workers to answer in its latest major public awareness campaign.

The campaign encourages employers and workers to prevent workplace injuries by creating supportive work environments where safety is openly discussed and there is a genuine commitment to improving health and safety.

The Victorian campaign directs employers to an online self-assessment tool, which gives them an indication of what they are doing well, where there is room for improvement, and provides practical advice about how to improve safety in their workplace.

The campaign in based on research conducted with 1000 Victorian workers earlier this year who were asked about their perceptions of health and safety at their workplace.

The research also found businesses typically received better safety ratings if:

  • Workers were given opportunities to have their say on OHS issues at their workplace.
  • Managers and workers provided positive recognition or appreciation for acting safely at work.
  • There was a nominated health and safety representative in the workplace.

Other WorkSafe-funded research highlights that organisations that failed to proactively address health and safety issues typically had higher rates of worker anxiety and stress, as well as physical injuries.

WorkSafe Victoria’s Chief Executive, Clare Amies, said the research highlighted the importance of proactively talking about and taking action to address health and safety in the workplace.

“Our new campaign is designed to highlight the fact that employers who proactively engage with employees on health and safety issues are able to reduce the risk of serious injury in the workplace,” Ms Amies said.

“It’s vital that employers and workers actively engage in workplace safety and work together to achieve better safety outcomes.”

Ms Amies said the online tool, ‘How safe is your workplace?’ assisted employers to systematically explore their organisation’s approach to health and safety.

The ‘How safe is your workplace?’ campaign will run for four weeks initially and feature across TV, radio, online and print. The survey will be an ongoing resource for workers and employers across Victoria.

To find out how safe your workplace is, complete the online survey at www.howsafeisyourworkplace.com.au.

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