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Two weeks left for South Brisbane, Logan and Gold Coast workplaces to showcase their safe work initiatives

South Brisbane, Logan and Gold Coast businesses are reminded that entries close soon in the 2012 Safe Work Awards.

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. Two Queensland companies, which won their categories in the 2011 state awards took out first place at the national awards in Canberra.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Regional Director Pat Stein and Safety Ambassador Mal Meninga encouraged businesses and individuals to enter the awards.

“No matter how big or small your safety solution is, enter the awards for your chance to showcase the innovative health and safety practices of the region,” Mr Stein said.

“Last year’s awards saw many corporate and individual nominations from the region, including one of the winners.

“Glen Riverstone of Tingalpa’s River Logic invented the reusable and washable SnapIT safety device that eliminates the need for medical staff to handle glass ampoules when opening. This removes the risk of cuts to the hand or fingers, risks of blood-borne infection or contamination and reduces waste and expense.

“Educating and promoting workplace health and safety is vital to cutting the workplace injury and fatality toll. In 2010–11, WHSQ inspectors across the state made 19,508 individual workplace assessments, issued 8,200 notices requiring improvements in health and safety and investigated 1,320 incidents and complaints.

"In the South Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan region in 2010–11 there were 12 workplace fatalities, each and every one a terrible tragedy. Local inspectors issued 2,685 improvement, infringement and prohibition notices in the ongoing campaign to make workplaces safer.

“The awards are a vital part of this process. We are committed to making our workplaces among the safest in the world. Educating and promoting workplace health and safety is vital to cutting the Queensland injury and fatality toll.

“Around 25 Queenslanders die each year as a result of traumatic workplace incidents, and many thousands more are injured. These deaths and injuries carry with them a devastating and personal impact on workers and their families, with a significant financial cost to the Queensland community.

“That’s why the awards are so important—they recognise health and safety initiatives and leadership. They 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.”

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.

There are a range of resources to help you with your nomination including:

Enter now or nominate someone else at the Queensland Safe Work Awards webpage.

The awards are open to all Queensland organisations and individuals and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 23 during Safe Work Week.

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

Nominations close August 3.

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Last reviewed
19 July 2012
Last updated
5 November 2015
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