Entries for the prestigious awards, which honour employers and workers who are leading the way in health and safety, close on 31 May.

WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies said the awards celebrated the varied, passionate and innovative ways Victorian businesses and workers were addressing health and safety issues at work and supporting people to return to work after injury.

 "Reducing workplace fatalities and injuries is a top priority for WorkSafe and it is important that we recognise and honour those in the community who share our commitment," Ms Amies said.

 "I strongly encourage those employers and workers who strive to improve workplace health, safety and wellbeing, or who have shown a real determination in returning to work after injury, or supporting those that do, to nominate for the awards.

 "We want them to share their passion, their enthusiasm and solutions with WorkSafe so we can inspire others to make workplace health and safety their priority."

 The categories for this year's awards are:

  • Health and Safety Invention of the Year
  • OHS Achievement
  • Best Solution to a Specific Workplace Health and Safety Issue
  • Best Solution to a Manual Handling Issue
  • Health and Safety Representative of the Year
  • Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing
  • Worker Return to Work Achievement
  • Leading Return to Work Practice by Employer
  • Return to Work Coordinator Excellence

Nominations are open to all Victorian-based employers and workers, and entrants may nominate themselves or another person. Entries close on 31 May 2018. Finalists will be announced on 24 August.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Melbourne in October during Health and Safety Month.

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