News article published

Monday 20 Jun 2011

Industries and topics

  • Health and safety representatives

Businesses or workers who are making a difference to safety, health and wellbeing and return to work in their workplace are being given the opportunity to be recognised more than ever before.

The annual WorkSafe Awards have been expanded and improved this year, introducing quick and easy online entry, broader categories and a public voting system that will help highlight Victoria’s greatest success stories.

WorkSafe Deputy Chief Executive Ian Forsyth said the new Awards gave workplaces and individuals who had shown a commitment to safety, health and wellbeing or helping injured people return to work the incentive to enter the awards.

“WorkSafe is looking beyond the large-scale complex safety initiatives that have traditionally been recognised,” Mr Forsyth said.

“These initiatives are still very important but we know that small changes can also make a big difference to the safety and wellbeing of workers.”

“We want to see businesses that have implemented both large and small initiatives enter the awards and get the recognition they deserve.”

The public can also get involved in highlighting success stories. Under the new Awards structure anyone can enter, nominate, or vote on an entry at: www.worksafeawards.com.au

The new Awards offer many opportunities for recognition for businesses of all sizes:

  • The entries with the most votes from the public and industry experts and professionals each month will have their achievements promoted by WorkSafe.
  • These entries may also be invited to contend for the prestigious annual WorkSafe Awards, at a dinner held on 19 October 2011.
  • In February 2012, the 100 most popular entrants as voted by the public, industry experts and professionals and will be announced as the WorkSafe 100 for 2011. These organisations will be able to promote their achievement to their staff, customers, and other key stakeholders.

Mr Forsyth said the new WorkSafe Awards website would become an online community for entrants, where businesses can showcase, promote and share workplace initiatives and achievements.

“Every entry will feature on the WorkSafe Awards website, and anyone will be able to comment, vote and share entries through social-media channels,” Mr Forsyth said.

“The site will become a tool that businesses all over Australia can use to find innovative ideas for safety, health and wellbeing and return to work ideas which will help their businesses or co-workers.”