October is Safe Work Month, a month dedicated to bringing education and awareness programs to workplaces, to improve safety standards across Australia. To help improve safety participation in your workplace, we’ve collated some of our favourite WHS websites, plus you can always check out our blog for many blog posts on the top of safety in the workplace!
In Queensland, WorkSafe Queensland and WorkCover have a huge range of resources, including industry and ambassador films, downloadable posters, and eTools, such as a basic heat stress calculator and a hazardous manual tasks assessment tool, plus much more. We particularly like their ‘Your Story’ films, as they share some tear-jerking, real-life moments to get staff thinking about the real consequences of safety at work.
Safe Work Australia (SWA) is an Australian government statutory body which develops national policy relating to WHS and workers’ compensation. As a resource for employers, you can search for safety resources by topic, or by industry or business type. These resources also include snapshots of statistics and research that’s easy to find. For instance, by quickly choosing the safety topic, Bullying, you will find:
- a simple overview, including a snapshot of relevant statistics,
- links to the relevant Codes of Practices and Guides,
- Reports and Case Studies; and
- Videos, Seminars and Podcasts.
Business Queensland has straightforward resources covering:
- how to keep a workplace safe,
- how and when to report an incident,
- WHS licences required in Queensland,
- The relevant laws and regulations,
- Plant registration requirements in Queensland, and
- Electrical safety obligations.
These resources are useful for employers looking to understand their obligations and create policies for their businesses, however, the resources themselves aren’t as engaging for a WHS improvement campaign for staff.
OHS Alert is a subscription platform, which provides a plethora of latest news and resources regarding workplace health and safety in Australia. These updates are a useful resource for understanding issues facing businesses across the country, including case law updates, plus learn what’s working from the success stories shared. OHSAlert has a free trial option too.
We’d love to better understand what’s keeping you up at night regarding health and safety in your business. As always, our experienced Workplace Partners are here to help. Let us know how our team can help yours!