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Health, Safety and Wellbeing Activities

Submitted on Thursday, 22nd June 2017

With the start of the new financial year approaching, it’s time to plan your health, safety and wellbeing activities for the next 12 months. Here is some information to help you organise your thoughts and your calendar!

If your focus is on occupational health and safety (OHS), National Safe Work Month is in October and this year's theme from Safe Work Australia is "Good work health and safety is no secret". Our team of experienced safety professionals is on hand to help with making your make your workplace healthier and safer for you and your workers, so you can spread the message about how being safe is good for business.

You might get started with a free workplace safety review through the WorkSafe OHS Essentials program. This program is administered by WorkSafe but delivered to eligible small and medium sized businesses by our approved OHS consultants. One of our consultants will come to your workplace, help you identify hazards and develop a practical safety action plan. The plan outlines your safety risks and we can provide you with advice on how you might address them. The consultant will visit your workplace again after three months to give further advice and support.

We can also offer tailored health and safety training, to workers at all levels in your business, so why not talk to us about your training needs and lock in your team’s calendar anything from a one hour Exec briefing to a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Masterclass?

And throughout September we have our OHS and Workers’ Compensation Update to keep you abreast what you need to know, and more importantly, what you need to do to protect your business, your workers and your bottom line. This briefing will provide you with details of the new OHS Regulations 2017 (effective June 18 2017), emerging safety issues and the recent case law you need to be aware of. We will also brief you on the latest claims statistics and help you to understand how you can structure your business and manage your claims to reduce your workers’ compensation premium.

Remembering that mental health is just as important as physical health, World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10th and R U OK? Day on September 14th and provide a great opportunity to talk about mental health in the workplace. We provide many ways to help you prepare your workplace for such conversations. Establishing Mental Health First Aid Officers through our accredited course is a great start, or you could focus on upskilling your managers through our Managing Mental Health in the Workplace training.

If you are just starting out and wish to look broadly at establishing a workplace wellbeing program, we recommend registering for the Achievement Program for Workplaces to gain access to the wide range of free resources available through this State Government initiative. Whether you then focus on supporting employees with healthy eating, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol intake, increasing exercising or being mentally healthy, you can tie into interventions to suit.
Chat to us today on 03 8662 5333 or contact us at hse@victorianchamber.com.au to discuss your health, safety and wellbeing ideas and we can work together to ensure your team continues to be safe and happy

 

 

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