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Closing date looms for WorkSafe Awards

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With only a few days before nominations for the 2006 WorkSafe Awards close (May 12) WorkSafe is calling on employers and employees for whom safety matters to enter.

"Despite a tragic week in which five people have died in Victorian workplaces we know that most people in most workplaces are 'having a go' at getting safety issues right," WorkSafe executive director John Merritt said.

"Attitudes to safety are improving, but a series of fatalities shows that we must always be on our guard.

"It's weeks like this that the opportunity to share success stories can have real impact," Mr Merritt said.

"WorkSafe's experience developing safety solutions across WorkSafe's areas of interest shows us that ways of dealing with problems can often be easily transferred to a totally different industry.

"Dealing with manual handling problems, storage, managing risk in general and getting the entire workforce involved in dealing with safety issues means everyone wins from the head of the company to the most recent or inexperienced employee."

"For them, having a safe workplace and high standards is built into their way of working and it's part of their culture. Entering the awards will help spread good ideas across the community.

"Many people don't realise how good a job they're doing, but we're keen to find out how they're approaching problems so others can learn from them.

2006 Categories:

* Best Solution to a Health and Safety Risk

* Best Strategies for Health and Safety Management

* Best Health and Safety Initiative for Small Business

* Best Solution for Sprain and Strain Injuries

* Health and Safety Representative of the Year

* Health and Safety Committee of the Year

* Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to Health & Safety

For information about this year's Awards, visit WorkSafe's website at http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au or call Terry Crosby on 9641 1365 to discuss potential applications.

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