Work safety involvement rewarded by Safe Work Australia


Wednesday, 21 December, 2016

Work safety involvement rewarded by Safe Work Australia

The 2016 Workplace Participation Reward winner for National Safe Work Month is the Bedford Group.

Bedford will receive a prize valued at up to $5000, to be spent on an Australian work health and safety conference, expo or event in 2017.

The company’s BSafe campaign raised awareness about work health and safety in a fun, positive and engaging way. Activities were focused on the catchphrase ‘see something … say something’ and included work health and safety videos starring Bedford staff, discussion groups, posters and a reward program recognising outstanding safety awareness and responsible behaviour.

A ‘spot the hazard’ activity pack also provided an interactive experience to cater for the diverse capacities of Bedford employees.

The BSafe initiative was enthusiastically embraced with 300 support staff and more than 1200 employees with disability participating across 19 Bedford sites in South Australia and New South Wales.

“We are very proud to be named Workplace Participation Reward winners for 2016. This is a great recognition of our true commitment to creating a safe working environment across all of our sites and we thank Safe Work Australia for this acknowledgement,” Bedford Chief Executive Sally Powell said.

“The BSafe campaign used a variety of mediums to reinforce this important message and we also wanted to create a sense of fun to really engage our employees to carry the message themselves and develop personal responsibility for safety.”

More details are listed on the Safe Work Australia case studies web page.

Safe Work Australia also highly commended the City of Ballarat, Fremantle Ports, NHP Electrical Engineering Products and Taronga Conservation Society for their Workplace Participation Reward entries.

All the organisations that participated in National Safe Work Month and entered the Workplace Participation Reward have helped to raise awareness of work health and safety.

More information about National Safe Work Month is available on the Safe Work Australia website.

Image credit: ©iStockphoto.com/David Jones

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