NT employers urged to partake in National Safe Work Month

Thursday, 01 October, 2020

NT employers urged to partake in National Safe Work Month

Registrations are open for the Northern Territory’s National Safe Work Month events, which will all be available online as webinars, so those with internet access can register and participate for free. Held annually in October, National Safe Work Month encourages employers and workers to focus on and review their work health and safety practices, and commit to improving health and safety in the workplace.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic creating challenges in workplaces across Australia, the national theme for 2020 is Work Health and Safety through COVID-19. The Northern Territory’s Work Health and Safety Regulator, Bill Esteves, said while COVID-19 in the workplace is a hazard, its risks can be managed through applying control measures that incorporate the latest health advice and directions from the Chief Health Officer. NT WorkSafe has developed a line-up of subject matter experts to help Territory businesses and workers navigate COVID-19, should the situation change in the state.

“There are topics for both employers and workers covering mental health, managing workplace hygiene [and] due diligence amongst others. In Darwin, a venue has been organised for people that want to attend and watch the presentations. NT WorkSafe staff will be present at the venue to submit any questions to the presenter during the webinar,” said Esteves.

In the third week of October, infographics about key work health and safety data for NT industries will be published, to help employers identify the main causes of injury in their industry. Employers can then review safe work policies and procedures and use their data to make their workplace safer.

“I encourage all Territory businesses and workers to register for a webinar and get involved this October and make a commitment to improving safety in their workplace,” said Esteves.

For more information on the activities of other Australian states and territories during National Safe Work Month, visit here.

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