National Safe Work Month, held each October, raises awareness of work health and safety across industry.

Individuals, their families and the broader community are all impacted by work-related injury and illness. Last year in Australia around 180 people died while doing their job. In 2017-18 107,000 people made a workers’ compensation claim for serious injury or illness.

No one should be unsafe at work and there is more that we can do. Together we can make a difference.

This is why, during October each year, we ask businesses, employers and workers to join National Safe Work Month and commit to building safe and healthy workplaces.

Organise your own workplace activity competition

SafeWork SA are once again holding their Organise your own workplace activity competition. The competition runs for the month of October but you can register you activity anytime up until 31 October 2020.

All you need to do to enter the competition is organise an activity at your workplace (or virtually) with a work health and safety theme that reflects your business. You may also like to advertise your activity using some of our promotional resources.

Don't forget to tell us about how your activity went - we would love to see some photos!

COVID-19 theme

National Safe Work Month 2020: WHS through COVID-19

Safe Work Australia has selected Work Health and Safety through COVID-19 as this year's theme. However, your activity does not have to reflect this theme - it can focus on any aspect of work health and safety.

The WHS through COVID-19 theme acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers. Workplaces have had to quickly adapt their practices and procedures to reduce the WHS risks arising from COVID-19 and to manage the psychological effects of the pandemic on workers.

The COVID-19 resource kit includes a range of resources you can display in your workplace, including infographics, fact sheets and posters on handwashing, hygiene and physical distancing.