Searchshow menu

Safe Work Month

SafeWorkMonth

Comcare National Safe Work Month news

30 Oct 2018

In 2016, Comcare agreed to participate in a one-year research study looking at the use of sit-stand desk by Comcare staff. The aim of the study was to quantify the effect of software prompts on increasing the use of sit-stand desk and to assist in the reduction of sedentary work practices.

10 Oct 2018

Mentally healthy workplaces are happy, productive workplaces. World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide.

Week 1: 'Take a moment' this National Safe Work Month

Lives change forever when there’s an injury or death in the workplace. October is National Safe Work Month—a time for us all to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

The theme for National Safe Work Month is A moment is all it takes.

While a safety incident can happen in a moment and in any workplace, a moment’s forethought can prevent harm. This year, commit to taking a safety moment every day in your workplace. This could be as simple as spending five minutes every morning talking with your team about the hazards and risks in your workplace, and how to prevent harm.

Over the coming weeks we will publish a range of resources to help you take a safety moment in your workplace. The following resources will get you started. Sign up to our mailing list to receive updates throughout the month.

Share your safety moment using #mysafetymoment and #safeworkmonth.

Safe Work Australia's National Safe Work Month website has additional resources to help you raise awareness of health and safety in your workplace.

Week 2: Raising mental health awareness

Mental Health Australia

Mentally healthy workplaces are happy, productive workplaces. World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is an initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide. One in five Australians are affected by mental illness, yet many don’t seek help because of stigma. We can all do something to help shed a more positive light on mental health.

The WMHD 2018 Australia campaign addresses mental health stigma by asking people to shed a more positive light on mental health issues by making a mental health promise. Some practical ideas for making a mental health promise include:

  • sharing ideas with my colleagues about maintaining mental wellbeing
  • ensuring all staff know the importance of mental wellbeing at work
  • listening openly to colleagues to help them find support if they need it
  • helping reduce stigma around mental illness to make way for more people to seek help.

Safe Work Australia

To complement the new national guide, Work-related psychological health and safety: A systematic approach to meeting your duties, Safe Work Australia has released a panel discussion Beyond the spin on work-related psychological health and safety as part of their virtual seminar series. This discussion features some of the world’s leading voices on WHS and mental health.

Together, they outline some practical steps and insights, focussing on the critical issues and practical, effective ideas to help you build a mentally healthy workplace. The experts discuss:

  • ways to prevent and manage mental health at work, including in small business
  • how to identify psychological hazards
  • how to tailor effective evidence-based mental health programs
  • the importance of effective leadership.

More resources and information

Working together: Promoting mental health and wellbeing at work is a guide that aims to empower managers and employees to work together to build inclusive workplace cultures and effective systems for promoting mental health in the Australian Public Service (APS). This was a joint initiative between Comcare and the APSC to support the As One: Australian Public Service Disability Employment Strategy.

You can find additional resources through Comcare’s Creating mentally healthy workplaces webpage and the Heads Up website.

Social media

Follow the conversation on social media using the following hashtags.

#MentalHealthPromise

#MentallyHealthyWorkplaces

Week 3: Recognising achievement in delivering safer and healthier workplaces

National Safe Work Month is a time for all of us to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

To highlight the hard work, passion and commitment of organisations and individuals who help make workplaces safer and more productive we have developed profiles of Comcare’s 2018 WHS Award Winners.

These profiles recognise and promote excellence in prevention, early intervention, and recovery at and return to work; achieved by individuals and organisations covered under the Comcare scheme including:

  • John Holland’s innovative design and development of a gantry that provides a significantly safer environment for workers maintaining the jetty at the Dalrymple Bay coal port in Queensland
  • John Holland’s efforts to help a group of employees with long-term incapacity claims recover at and return to work
  • Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Cameron Symons’ individual contribution to designing a management system for heat stress in firefighting training
  • Virgin Australia’s significant reduction in physical injuries for cabin crew through a new triage service.

These profiles provide information about each award-winning entry including their challenges, approach, outcomes and key achievements. Each profile also includes a short video.

For more information about each profile visit our work health and safety profiles page.

Week 4: Where to from here

As National Safe Work Month comes to an end, Comcare would like to remind you of the resources available to help you and your organisation to continue to take a safety moment every day.

While a safety incident can happen in a moment and in any workplace, a moment’s forethought can prevent harm. Something as simple as spending five minutes every morning talking with your team about the hazards and risks in your workplace, and how to prevent harm, can help build a healthy and safe workplace.

Comcare hosts and delivers a number of events throughout the year aimed to educate, enhance and challenge Australian organisations to achieve their workplace safety objectives.

Keep up to date with Comcare’s events for 2019 such as the National WHS Forums, Commonwealth Safety Management Forums, and the Mental Health Community of Practice.

Page last updated: 31 Oct 2018