Awarding safe work environments

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Wednesday, 01 March, 2006

If you're from Victoria and you've put in the hard yards, now reap the rewards of helping others make their workplaces safer.

WorkSafe Victoria is keen to give credit where it's due and encourage those who are working hard to make their workplaces as safe as they can be.

Nominations for this year's WorkSafe Victoria Awards are now open. The health and safety regulator particularly wants to hear from small business, workplace health and safety committees, health and safety representatives and individuals.

Nominations for the 2006 awards are now open and close 15 May.

WorkSafe's executive director, John Merritt, said most Victorian workplaces were eligible to enter because they constantly applied high standards.

"As WorkSafe's inspectors travel the state they often find people and workplaces which don't realise how good a job they're doing. They're 'having a go'.

"Others share their experiences allowing others to build their knowledge."

"Whether you're Victoria's smallest company or the biggest, a farmer who's come up with a safer way to carry out a potentially hazardous task or a designer who's removed a risk through innovation, your contribution is wanted.

"Workplace safety is all about prevention rather than cure. By recognising those who are playing their part, the entire community benefits," Merritt said.

"Many innovative and effective ideas turn out to be easily implemented by others; an effective consultation process or Health and Safety Committee makes a positive difference to an organisation's safety performance and overall efficiency.

2006 categories:

  • Health and Safety Representative of the Year
  • Health and Safety Committee of the Year
  • Best Health and Safety Initiative for Small Business
  • Best Solution for Sprain and Strain Injuries
  • Best Solution to a Health and Safety Risk
  • Best Strategies for Health and Safety Management
  • Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to Health & Safety

For information about this year's Awards, visit WorkSafe's website at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

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