Thursday 08 December 2016

10,000 sign up to wear Jobs At Home Day badge

Around 10,000 Victorians will be wearing safety badges with a difference tomorrow when they take part in Jobs At Home Day.

Jobs At Home Day is designed to get Victorians thinking about their most important reason for workplace safety – their jobs at home.

Tomorrow participants across the state will be wearing personalised badges which identify, in a tongue-in-cheek way, the jobs they do at home that remind them to stay safe at work.

The clearly marked badges are designed to promote discussion between the wearer and his or her colleagues about why it is important to stay safe at work.

Finance Minister Robin “Dishman” Scott and football commentator Cameron “BBQ Chef” Ling are among those who have committed to wearing their badges tomorrow to promote workplace safety.  

Staff at Ambulance Victoria, Bunnings, Australia Post, Dyson Bus Lines, Epworth Hospital, Pacific Brands, Salvation Army, City of Greater Geelong and the Department of Justice are also taking part.

Around 300 businesses across a broad range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, retail, hospitality, construction, corporate, not for profit and government, are involved.

This is the fourth year that WorkSafe Victoria has conducted Jobs At Home Day, which is growing bigger each year. This is the first time that participation has reached 10,000.

According to WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare “Homework Monitor” Amies, the campaign is a light-hearted way to promote a serious discussion about workplace safety.

“We know that the lead-up to Christmas is a particularly busy time for many workplaces. It is also, according to our research, the most dangerous time of year,” Ms Amies said.

“According to WorkSafe statistics, more workplace fatalities occur in the weeks leading up to Christmas than at any other time of the year.

“Jobs At Home Day is a reminder that, as we look forward to Christmas, we don’t lose sight of the fact that the most important reason we stay safe at work is not at work at all.

“So if you see someone wearing a Jobs At Home Day badge, congratulate them on their commitment to workplace safety, think of the reasons you need to get home safely, and then make plans to create your own badge next year.”

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 Caitlin Rode: 0434 685 577, 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 or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.