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Calls for entries in the 2012 Queensland Safe Work Awards

Queensland employers and workers have been urged to work together to identify local work health and safety initiatives that can set an example for workplaces across the country.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Executive Director Dr Simon Blackwood said the Queensland Safe Work Awards provided the ideal platform for innovative safety practices to be highlighted nationwide.

“The 2012 Queensland Safe Work Awards open on May 21 and I, as well as Safety Ambassador Mal Meninga, want to encourage businesses and individuals to enter the awards and be recognised as a leader in workplace health and safety,” Mr Blackwood said.

“The awards, run by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Electrical Safety Office, recognise and reward innovative ideas, leadership and commitment to workplace health and safety.

“Last year the Australian Reinforcing Company won an award for Category 2: Best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue for identifying risks associated with top of truck safety, loading and unloading trucks and load containment. They created unique solutions that can be implemented across a variety of industries to significantly reduce work at height risks.

“Finalists also includedRussell Mineral Equipment which developed the ‘Self Dumping Steel Waste Pallet’ eliminating the manual collection and disposal of steel off-cuts during the fabrication of mining equipment.”

Mr Blackwood said the efforts of the award winners and other finalists showed that working safely was smart and productive and also could bring financial savings and business growth and increased worker engagement and satisfaction.

“The Queensland Government is committed to making our workplaces among the safest in the world,” he said.

“Educating and promoting workplace health and safety is vital to cutting the Queensland injury and fatality toll.

“With around 100 Queenslanders losing their lives in workplaces accidents every year, at a $6.2 billion cost to the economy, workplace safety should be a priority for everyone.

“That’s why the awards are so important – they recognise health and safety initiatives and leadership and are a great opportunity for workplaces to showcase their safety initiatives and be proud of their achievements.

“The awards provide a platform for businesses to share their safety solutions with one another and contribute towards a zero harm at work culture,” he said.

There are six categories to enter:

  1. Best workplace health and safety management system.
  2. Best solution to an identified health and safety issue.
  3. Best workplace health and safety practices in small business.
  4. Best individual contribution to workplace health and safety.
  5. Best solution to an identified electrical issue.
  6. Zero Harm at Work Leadership Program award.

The awards are open to all Queensland organisations and individuals and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.

For more information and details on how to enter visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or call the Workplace Health and Safety Infoline on 1300 369 915.

Nominations close August 3.

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Last reviewed
21 May 2012
Last updated
5 November 2015
 
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