Friday 19 August 2011

Entries For The 2011 WorkSafe Awards Closing Soon

Time is running out for entrants to be considered for an award at this year’s prestigious annual WorkSafe Awards dinner, to be held at Crown on 19 October.

Businesses and individuals who submit their entry online at worksafeawards.com before the closing date of 31 August 2011 may be eligible to become a finalist and compete for an award at the dinner.

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-look 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

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.”

Entries submitted after 31 August will be considered for the 2012 Awards.

WorkSafe Awards entry categories:

HEALTH & SAFETY

  • Best health and safety initiative in a small business
  • Best Solution to a workplace health and safety issue
  • Best Health and safety committee
  • Best Health and safety representative
  • Best OHS Management System

RETURN TO WORK

  • Employer Excellence
  • Occupational Rehabilitation Provider Achievement
  • Treating Health Practitioner Achievement
  • Return to Work Coordinator Excellence
  • Worker Return to Work Achievement

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

  • Commitment to Workplace Health and Wellbeing

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Rosanna Bonaccurso 0478 305 640

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.