National Safe Work Month

October 2020

In Australia, October is National Safe Work Month - a time to make your commitment to improving safety and health in your workplace.

This year’s theme, Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers.

Workplaces have had to quickly adapt their practices and procedures to reduce the WHS risks arising from COVID-19 and to manage the psychological effects of the pandemic on workers.

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Join National Safe Work Month

Whatever the industry, or workplace – everyone can join National Safe Work Month and commit to keeping people safe and healthy at work.

Online Events and Calendar

Work health and safety is for everyone and anyone can get involved in the many events and initiatives been held during National Safe Work Month across the country. Register to receive 24 hour on-demand access to relevant and up to date health and safety topics and discussions.

How to participate in National Safe Work Month

Join in and support work health and safety through COVID-19. A safe workplace benefits everyone, and anyone can get involved.

Events Calendar

There are various WHS virtual presentations and online workshops you can take part in.

  • Week 1 (1 October) – Join National Safe Work Month

    Whatever the industry, or workplace – every organisation can join National Safe Work Month and commit to keeping people safe and healthy at work.

  • Week 2 (5 October) – Navigating mental health through COVID-19

    As part of National Safe Work Month, we recognise Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020.

    Under WHS laws, employers must minimise the work-related risk to psychological health and safety as much as possible. See our information sheet about preventing psychological injury during COVID-19.

    For more information, download the work-related psychological health and safety guide or talk to your WHS regulator.

    This week, Safe Work Australia is also hosting a free webinar with Comcare. The webinar will explore the large-scale changes that workplaces have undertaken to address the WHS risks and challenges presented by COVID-19. For more information and to register, visit the Comcare website.

  • Week 3 (12 October) – Using data to make workplaces safer

    Understanding the common causes of injury and the industries most affected, helps reduce work-related fatalities, injury, illness and disease.

    Our key work health and safety statistics provide an overview of the latest national data on work-related fatalities and workers’ compensation claims.

  • Week 4 (19 October) – A safe and healthy workplace is for everyone

    Keeping people safe and healthy at work must remain a priority for employers and businesses.

    Our WHS best practice checklist provides practical guidance on how to assess what your organisation is already doing to champion WHS in the workplace.

    Our case studies showcase WHS best practice for COVID-19 and cover topics including gloves, mental health, physical distancing and cleaning.