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Injury Free Day on October 29, 2010

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Safety Institute of Australia Inc . (SIA) announces its involvement with the KIDS Foundation in the lead-up to Injury Free Day (IF Day) on October 29, 2010.

Injury Free Day encourages Australian workplaces to take a proactive approach to safety in the workplace and at home.

The IF Day message

Safety is: Looking out for your mates

Safety is: Knowing your limits

Safety is: Common sense

“IF Day is the perfect way for workplaces to be actively involved in Safe Work Australia week. It is a fun, engaging and relevant way to not only focus on workplace safety but to raise funds for the KIDS Foundation,” said Nick Clare, General Manager KIDS Foundation.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Safety Institute of Australia Inc. as a key strategic partner of IF Day 2010 as well as Protector Alsafe as our presenting sponsor. Together we hope to make this IF Day the biggest and best yet.”

Australia had more than 175 ‘notified’ work-related fatalities last year and over 131,000 serious workers’ compensated claims related to work injury or illness.

Injury costs workplaces millions of dollars in lost productivity annually, not to mention the emotional toll it places on an injured worker’s family, friends and colleagues.

A recent survey called The Business of Safety, jointly sponsored by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM VT) and the SIA revealed that poor leadership and productivity concerns were impacting the safety of worksites.

Gary Lawson-Smith, CEO Safety Institute of Australia Inc. said, “IF Day provides a wonderful and timely opportunity for workplaces to get involved in this great initiative. The SIA has been a proud strategic partner of the KIDS Foundation since 2008, based upon an enabling category of ‘Youth – Injury Prevention’. Such a collaborative approach aims to assist workers and children throughout Australia to arrive home safely every day.”  

Workplaces can participate in the Injury Free Day in several ways including purchasing a small or large IF Day kit and take part in the online competition by registering on the IF Day website.

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