WorkSafe hits the road for Health and Safety Month

WorkSafe is bringing the latest in health and safety to your doorstep as it gears up to tour the state for this year's Health and Safety Month.


From Warrnambool to Wodonga, WorkSafe will visit 17 locations across Victoria in October, giving employers and workers the opportunity to hear from health and safety experts, industry leaders and pioneers in workplace safety.

The free, expert-led safety events are tailored to suit the needs of each community, and registrations for all sessions are now open.

Mentally healthy workplaces, hazardous manual handling, helping newly-arrived migrant workers understand their safety rights, and dealing with drugs and alcohol in the workplace are just some of the items on this year's agenda.

Breakfast or lunch will be provided at each event, as well as a Q&A session where participants can raise their queries or concerns around workplace health and safety.

Former Cats captain turned commentator Cameron Ling is on board again, hosting a Business Owner's Breakfast at Essendon Fields plus other events in Shepparton, Traralgon, Geelong, Pakenham and Bendigo.

The month will conclude with a week-long series of webinars, with Health and Safety Month Ambassador Sean Aherne taking to the virtual stage to lead insightful discussions on how to enhance health and safety in workplaces.

The 2022 WorkSafe Award Finalist has spent most of his working life in the metal manufacturing industry, and is now a Health and Safety Representative at a steel manufacturing plant.

Recognising the impacts of being a shift worker in heavy industry, Mr Aherne committed himself to transforming the mental health culture at his workplace and is eager to help other HSRs implement initiatives to improve not only mental health, but safety and wellbeing across the board.

"I do what I do in relation to being a HSR because…I could see a lot of people struggling in different areas, and I didn't think that there was enough available support," Mr Aherne said in a video promoting Health and Safety Month.

"We've gone from nobody speaking about mental health to people actively engaging in support networks, becoming mental health first aiders and ambassadors for people to speak to."

WorkSafe Chief Executive Colin Radford said the month was an opportunity for business leaders and workers to centre their attention on what matters most in a workplace: health and safety.

"Protecting workers from physical and psychological harm is the most important part of any business, which is why we've dedicated a month to tour the state and deliver our message to as many Victorians as possible," Mr Radford said.

"Our events are packed with industry knowledge, fresh safety advice and requirements, inspirational stories and great networking opportunities."

"I encourage everyone to head to our website and check out the program – there's something for everyone to learn."

Regional events will take place in:

  • Portland – 2 October
  • Port Fairy – 3 October
  • Warrnambool – 3 October
  • Horsham – 4 October
  • Ballarat – 5 October
  • Essendon Fields – 6 October
  • Mildura – 9 October
  • Echuca – 10 October
  • Shepparton – 11 October (two events)
  • Bendigo – 12 October
  • Traralgon – 17 October
  • Pakenham – 18 October
  • Frankston – 19 October
  • Wangaratta – 19 October
  • Geelong – 20 October
  • Dandenong – 23 October (CALD event, invitation only)
  • Albury/Wodonga – 26 October

Webinars will run from 23-27 October.

To view the full list of WorkSafe Health and Safety Month events and to register, please visit: Events | WorkSafe Victoria