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Reality TV to teach Sunshine Coast businesses safety lessons

Sunshine Coast businesses can get a dose of reality about the importance of reducing workplace injuries to improve business performance during Safe Work Australia Week 25-31 October.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Executive Director Dr Simon Blackwood today encouraged people to attend a one-day Healthier and Safer Workplaces Conference which will focus on helping businesses build better safety cultures.

"Guest speaker Steve Griffiths, the State Manager of Workplace Health and Safety at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, will speak on the intriguing topic of 'Safety leadership - lessons from reality TV'," Dr Blackwood said.

"Mr Griffiths has more than 10 years experience in health and safety management and leadership, and as a physiotherapist, has a special interest in manual tasks and ergonomics.

"There will also be practical workshops which focus on building a safety culture, conducting investigations for injury prevention, writing and reviewing safe work procedures, positive performance indicators and staying on track with workers compensation."

The conference will be held from 8am to 4.30pm on Thursday, 29 October, 2009 at the Maroochydore RSL's Events Centre, in Memorial Drive.

Dr Blackwood said Safe Work Australia Week, which runs from 25-31 October, highlighted health and safety in the workplace.

"Queensland's theme for 2009 is Healthier and safer workplaces. Healthier and safer workers. The theme links to the Queensland Government'sToward Q2 strategy which aims to make Queenslanders the healthiest in the nation by 2020," he said.

"If people can’t attend the conference, I would encourage them to use the week to focus on what they can do to make their own workplace safer and healthier.

"To find out how to get involved, register for the conference or other information about Queensland's safe Work Australia Week activities, visit or call the Workplace Health and Safety Infoline on 1300 369 915."

*Note to news editors: Mr Griffiths will be available for media interviews after his presentation. To arrange an interview call 3405 3762 or 0438 769 091.

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Last reviewed
1 February 2010
Last updated
5 November 2015
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