Work Safe Week 2011 is being hosted by WorkSafe Victoria over 10 days in October.
October 17-27 will see Work Safe Week held in Melbourne and other major Victorian cities. Work Safe Week aims to keep people in all areas and fields of work up to date on safety in the workplace.
Ian Forsyth, Health and Safety Executive Director of WorkSafe says that “It’s quite extraordinary how quickly things can change in the workplace and it’s important people stay up-to-date.”
Work Safe Week, beginning on October 17, offers a full and informative program of over 100 safety related, topical seminars. Employees and employers across the state of Victoria are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Ian explains that the seminars cover important ”Universal subjects and everybody can benefit from attending, not just the OHS specialists. For managers and anybody concerned with health and wellbeing, Work Safe Week will be an invaluable experience.”
The highlight of Work Safe Week may well be the sharing of experiences and learnings by three CEOs who, earlier in the year, went undercover in their businesses to gain a better understanding of the safety concerns of their workers.
Greg Pullen of Northern Health, Neil Coulson of Jayco Corporation and Phil Smith of Fletcher Jones all disguised themselves with fake moustaches and wigs to spend a day with their workers with the mission to discover more about musculoskeletal injuries.
Other useful and informative seminars and discussions being held include:
- An update on national work health and safety laws,
- Knowing what to expect from a WorkSafe inspector,
- Insights into the management of an ageing workforce,
- Improving health and wellbeing,
- Managing return to work, and
- many other important work safety topics.
According to Mr Forsyth, of those who attended Work Safe Week in 2010, 74% went on to make specific health and safety improvements in their places of work.
WorkSafe advises that anyone interested in attending Work Safe Week should book as early as possible to avoid missing out on a place. As well as Melbourne, Work Safe seminars will be held in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Morwell, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and many other regional cities.
Work Safe Week events will also include the 23rd Annual WorkSafe Victoria Awards Dinner, which on Wednesday 19th October.