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Two weeks left for Toowoomba, Ipswich and South West Queensland workplaces to showcase their safe work initiatives

Toowoomba, Ipswich and South West Queensland businesses are reminded that entries closing soon for 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 Tim Campbell 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 Campbell said.

“Toowoomba’s Russell Mineral Equipment was highly commended last year and I want more local companies to get recognition for their efforts.

“Russell Mineral Equipment invented the ‘Self Dumping Steel Waste Pallet’ that eliminated the manual collection and disposal of steel off-cuts, making their workplace much safer.

 “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 West Queensland region in 2010–11 there were 10 workplace fatalities, each and every one a terrible tragedy. Local inspectors issued 1,393 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 23 October 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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