Friday 21 November 2014

Letter to the Editor - Jobs At Home Day

This is an exciting time of year as the Christmas holidays draw near and workplaces try to meet final deadlines so everyone can enjoy a well-deserved break.

 

It’s also a dangerous time of year.  Since 2009, 117 Victorians have lost their lives in a workplace incident and almost 25 per cent of these tragedies occurred during the end-of-year rush period of November and December.

Demanding deadlines, hectic schedules and the drive to get jobs done before the holidays start can sometimes mean health and safety is not at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

For many years, we have encouraged the Victorian community to remember that the most important reason for workplace safety isn’t at work at all.

This is why we want all Victorians to participate in Jobs At Home Day on 5 December by creating and wearing a special badge at work that highlights an important role they play at home.

The free badges are a light-hearted way of sparking conversations about the importance of safety at work by celebrating the jobs we do when we get home safely at the end of the day.

Whether it be Bathtime Lifeguard, Garden King, Primary Pooch Walker or Head of Teen Transport, we all have important jobs at home that our loved ones rely on us to do.

Please go to jobsathomeday.com.au to make your own special badge and, while you’re there, nominate friends, family or colleagues for a badge as well.

Wear yours on 5 December to encourage conversations about safety at your workplace.

The Victorian WorkCover Authority wants everyone to get home safely this Christmas.

 

Denise Cosgrove

Chief Executive

Victorian WorkCover Authority

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Peter Flaherty: 0478 881 663, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Fawcett: 0478 305 640, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Public enquiries: Call the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 between 8:30am and 5pm Monday to Friday, email info@worksafe.vic.gov.au or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.