It’s National Safe Work Month. Australian Workplaces have made significant changes to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s not surprising that this year’s theme is ‘Work Health and Safety through COVID-19’. 

Work related injuries and illnesses can affect any of us, and our families and communities. COVID-19 must be treated as a workplace hazard, and companies and organisations must work to manage the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 in the workplace.

What is National Safe Work Month?

Since 2009, Safe Work Australia has been running a national campaign aimed at raising work health and safety awareness. National Safe Work month is an opportunity for you and your organisation to make a commitment to improving health and safety in your workplace.

Each week has a different focus, including:

  • Joining National Safe Work Month (week 1)
  • Navigating mental health through COVID-19 (week 2)
  • Using data to make workplaces safer (week 3)
  • A safe and healthy workplace is for everyone (week 4)
  • Keeping WHS a priority (week 5)

Starting a conversation around health and safety is important. Safe Work Australia provides a wide range of resources on their website to help your organisation get involved, including ideas for a range of ideas for virtual activities.

WorkSafe Victoria is running free webinars throughout the month. You can find out more about these on the WorkSafe website.