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Are you ready for Safe Work Month?.

Get ready for Safe Work Month 2023!

October 2023 is National Safe Work Month, an annual event helping organisations across Australia – including those in the community sector – to create safer, healthier environments.

Here at Be Recruitment, we’ll be hosting a SafeTea chat/party (more about that later!) to help explore ways we can improve workplace safety, and we’d love to encourage your organisation to do the same.

But first, what exactly is Safe Work Month… and why should it matter to you?

Why Safe Work Month matters

According to Safe Work NSW data, “around 169 people died while doing their job in 2021 and there were around 130,195 serious workers’ compensation claims made in 2020-21”

Workplace safety is a serious issue that affects hundreds of thousands of Australians, and Safe Work Month is all about asking businesses, employers, and workers to raise work, health and safety awareness, and commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.​

The theme of this year’s campaign is, For everyone’s safety, work safely. Each week of National Safe Work Month will focus on a different health and safety topic.

Week 1 (1-8 October) – Collaborating to manage risks at work

During this week, the spotlight will be on the critical process of risk assessment. By identifying and assessing hazards and implementing effective control measures, organisations in the community sector can prevent injuries and fatalities, fostering a safer environment for all.

Week 2 (9-15 October) – Collaborating to protect workers’ mental health

The wellbeing of community sector workers extends beyond physical health. Mental health is equally vital, and this week focuses on identifying psychosocial hazards and managing associated risks. Acknowledging World Mental Health Day on October 10th, it’s an opportunity to foster a culture of support and understanding within workplaces.

Week 3 (16-22 October) – Collaborating to support all workers

Inclusivity is at the heart of workplace safety. Vulnerable workers have the same right to safety as everyone else. This week delves into the steps that organisations must take to ensure the health and safety of these workers, including those who are younger, working alone, from diverse backgrounds, or part of complex contractual chains.

Week 4 (23-31 October) – Collaborating to ensure a safe and healthy workplace

The final week of National Safe Work Month provides a glimpse into the future of work health and safety. As work patterns evolve and new forms of work emerge, it becomes increasingly crucial for organisations in the community sector to adapt and prioritise workplace safety.

Kick off Safe Work Month with a SafeTea chat

Hosting a SafeTea chat is a great way to show your workers that you genuinely care about their health and safety, and that you want to hear their thoughts and ideas. 

At Be Recruitment, we’ll be putting out some delicious food and drinks, and inviting everyone in our team to have their say on workplace safety.

If that’s something you’re interested in doing at your organisation, then Safe Work Month provide a range of helpful tools to make this easy, including promotional assets for your website and social media, SafeTea discussion dice, and more.

What we’re doing to ensure a safe workplace

As part of our commitment to workplace safety, Be Recruitment has taken a number of steps to protect employees, maintain legal compliance, and promote a culture of safety, including:

  • Maintaining safety policies and procedures covering areas such as hazard identification, reporting procedures, and emergency response plans.
  • Providing internal and external comprehensive safety training (by RCSA and Safe Work Australia) to all permanent employees. This includes how to identify workplace hazards, proper handling of equipment, emergency procedures, and on-the-job industry-specific safety requirements.
  • Providing safety equipment and personal protective gear include items such as first-aid kits and safety check-ins
  • Assessing the on-hired workplace for potential hazards (every 12 months) and taking corrective actions to mitigate or eliminate hazards in consultation with our clients. This includes addressing physical hazards, ergonomic issues, and any specific risks associated with the placement of Support Workers, Case Workers or Operational or office-based roles – including psychosocial hazards.
  • Incident Reporting: We have an established system for reporting workplace incidents, near misses, and injuries. We encourage employees to report any safety concerns promptly and investigate incidents to prevent their recurrence.
  • Developing and communicating emergency response plans for fires, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
  • Promoting employee well-being by offering health and wellness programs, which can include access to mental health support, stress management resources, and initiatives to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
  • Staying informed about relevant occupational health and safety regulations and ensure full compliance with Safe Work Australia alerts and other peak bodies
  • Maintaining records of safety training, incidents, and safety-related communications. These records can serve as evidence of a commitment to safety and can be useful for compliance and improvement purposes.

If you would like to talk with the team at, Be about some of the strategies, we employ to keep our staff safe, please feel free to reach out and contact [email protected]

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