Safe Work Australia has launched Safe Work Australia Month 2013 to draw attention to the need for workplace safety. The culmination of the initiative will be the Safety Ambassador of the Year Award in October.
This year the organisation has chosen to focus on the importance of a safety mind-set, entitled “Safety is a frame of mind”.
These issues are important for workplaces in general but particularly so for the construction industry where there is a high rate of safety incidents resulting in injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
The following post from SafeWorkAustralia.gov.au explains further:
Safe Work Australia launched on Wednesday the Safe Work Australia Month 2013. Safe Work Australia Chair Ann Sherry AO is inviting everyone to send in their nominations for the 2013 Safety Ambassador of the Year Award.
“Building on the success of last year’s Safe Work Australia Week, this year’s celebrations have been extended to a month in October,” said Ms Sherry.
The theme for this year is Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture. For the month of October, all workers are encouraged to think about their reason for staying safe at work.
“Every workplace in Australia should focus on improving health and safety during October to reduce the incidence of death, injury and disease.
“I encourage everyone to get involved in promoting safety at work during safety month. A great way is to register as a Safety Ambassador in your workplace,” said Ms Sherry.
With the commencement of the Safe Work Australia Month, I have started thinking about the theme of this year’s initiative and what it really means. What does having a safety mind-set entail and how do we do this?
Well the definition of the word mind-set is literally “an established set of attitudes held by someone” – according to the Oxford Dictionary. If we consider that setting our minds on safety is not just something that we think about but it is actually an attitude we need to adopt, we can better understand what the Safe Work theme is trying to get across to workers.
Establishing an attitude that is constantly conscious and aware of safety issues and instinctively acting according to the situation in a way that promotes safety is vital in reducing the high number of workplace injuries and fatalities we have on work sites across Oz.
Pivotal to this “attitude” about safety is firstly laying a good foundation of safety knowledge. This needs to be accomplished by completing general construction safety training. This safety training is a mandatory requirement however it is even more important in its role as setting workers attitudes towards safety on the right course.
The White Card course covers the basic issues that construction workers are likely to face once they begin work on a site and how these situations should be handled. Because the White Card is a nationally required and nationally recognized course, it also ensures that workers are uniformly trained on general safety issues, which in turn facilitates a safer environment (no matter which state they chose to work in or if they wish to move to other states).