Safe Work Month 2019

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This Safe Work Month WorkSafe wants you and your workplace to focus on safety and think about why safety and health is important. 

Your workplace can take part by planning an event, attending one of WorkSafe’s workshops, or following us on Twitter to raise awareness of safety and health in your workplace.

Safety and health workshops 2019

WorkSafe WA is hosting the popular Safety and Health Workshops series throughout October.  These expert led workshops sell-out quickly for good reason, so book early to avoid disappointment.  

Plan your own event or activity

Have you considered taking part in Safe Work Month?  Below are some ideas and resources to assist you in planning an event for Safe Work Month. 

Why get involved?

  • It shows a commitment to safety and health in your workplace;
  • it provides an opportunity to raise safety issues and solutions; and
  • it is an opportunity to increase your workplace's knowledge of safety and health.

Getting started

  • Set your target audience - training, information or activities can be planned for small work teams, a work area, division or the whole workplace
  • Plan - what type of activity or event is best suited for your target audience, the issue or topic and the budget
  • Promote - copy and distribute a flyer/email, ask managers and supervisors to promote the  event, tell people about it by word of mouth, which is the best way to get information to people.  Download a poster to display in your workplace
  • On the day - take photos of your activity for your own records, to publish in your work newsletter or place on notice boards

Activities ideas for your workplace

  • Set up a safety display. Consider using Safe Work Month poster to promote safety in your workplace.  
  • Show safety in action 
  • Check for hazards in your workplace. The first step  
  • Conduct an emergency evacuation drill
  • Check chemicals and hazardous substances are stored and labelled properly and have an MSDS. Guidance note MSDSs 
  • Do some housekeeping to tidy work areas

Education and training

Health and wellbeing

Healthier Workplaces WA provides free tools and resources to assist organisations in developing and maintaining a health and wellbeing program.

Spread the word

  • Display posters and publications in your workplace.  
  • Include a safety bulletin in newsletters or emails
  • Organise a safety and health morning tea to meet reps or committee members.


Download our resources for your Safe Work October event.

For your notice board

Quizzes and activities

  • Use our Safe Work October activities as a basis to form a work health and safety quiz relevant to your workplace or industry.
  • The Small Business quick safety quiz to assist in identifying areas requiring improvement.  Although this quiz is aimed at small business it can be useful for medium businesses.


Managing the risk of falls at workplaces: Running time: 13:05 mins 
Falling from one level to another is a major workplace hazard and is the most common cause of death from traumatic injuries in construction. Fall hazards occur in all industries and most fatalities occur from a relatively low height. It is vital to secure the health and safety of workers by undertaking adequate risk management. This film will show you how to identify fall hazards, assess the risks, control the risks, and implement and maintain controls.

Manual tasks: Running time: 11:32 mins
This video will show you how to identify hazardous manual tasks, how to assess risks arising from hazardous manual tasks, and how to control the risk.

Hazardous substances: Running time: 12:13 mins
This film will show you how to identify hazardous substances, assess the risk of injury or harm and control the risk.

Asbestos: The Wittenoom Tragedy: Running Time: 13:31 mins
This video includes the reflections of Dr Jim McNulty (former Commissioner for Health) concerning asbestos mining operations at Wittenoom which led to serious health problems for workers at the mine and residents in the town.

New to the job:  Running Time: 23:03 mins
New to the job can be used as part of an induction program for new workers.

Inspect your workplace

Use one of WorkSafe's checklists to inspect your workplace.

Calendar of events

Monday 7 October 2019 - 10.00am-11.00am

  • Mediation in the Workplace – Matters to Consider

Thursday 10 October 2019 - 10.00am-11.00am

  • Embracing work-life balance

Tuesday 15 October 2019 - 9.00am – 11.30am 

  • Armed holdups and violence in the retail sector

Wednesday 16 October 2019 - 9.30am-11.30am 

  • Isolation of plant – morning session

Thursday 17 October 2019 - 10.00am-12.00pm

  • Work related musculoskeletal disorders : Prevention and management framework

Tuesday 22 October 2019 - 9.00am-11.30am

  • Safety and health representative forum : supporting those who make our workplace safer

Thursday 24 October 2019 - 10.00 -11am

  • Crystalline silica and silicosis

Monday 28 October 2019 -  9.00am – 11.30am 

  • Plant in the workplace 

Tuesday 29 October 2019 -  9.00am-11.30am

  • Public Sector safety and health representative forum : supporting those who make our workplace safer


Book now! 

Book now to attend a workshop.





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