Friday 16 October 2015

Award winners named during Health and Safety Week

More than 3000 people with a passion for workplace safety have so far registered to attend seminars across Victoria during the 2015 Health and Safety Week, which begins next week.

More than 80 businesses have also signed up to run their own special safety programs during the event, while more than 450 workplaces across the country have registered to receive live broadcasts of keynote speakers.

It is still not too late for organisations or individuals to take part in the event, which kicks off on Monday with a series of one-day programs across regional Victoria before climaxing with a three-day symposium at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

A special highlight will be a ceremony to announce the winners of the 2015 WorkSafe Awards, which will take place at the convention centre on 28 October from 2.45pm and is open to the public.

Now in its 23rd year, Health and Safety Week boasts more than 70 free seminars on topics as diverse as construction safety, hazards in healthcare, managing fatigue in the transport sector, workplace bullying, how to store and handle dangerous goods, practical controls in the retail sector, and return to work strategies.

Keynote speakers and guest presenters include:

SAPNA MAHAJAN, who is Director of Prevention and Promotion Initiatives at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Sapna oversees workplace mental health, e-mental health and peer support. 

CRAIG LAPSLEY, who is Victoria's first Emergency Management Commissioner. Craig was appointed in 2014 and is responsible for the overall response to major emergencies, including coordinating the management of the consequences of the emergency. 

JACK SWIFT, who, at 21, had his right leg crushed under an excavator while working in the construction industry. He made a remarkable return to work, and is now a world-class athlete.

SUSAN ALBERTI AO, who is co-founder and managing director of the DANSU Group, a large-scale commercial and industrial builder based in Melbourne's western suburbs. Susan is also the Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation and Vice President of the Western Bulldogs Football Club.

FRANK COSTA AO OAM, who is chairman of Costa Brothers, the largest privately-owned grower, packager, marketer, distributor and exporter of fresh fruit and vegetables and grains in the southern hemisphere. 

Regional events will take place in Geelong on 19 October, Warrnambool on 20 October, Ballarat on 21 October, Bendigo on 22 October and Mildura on 23 October. Seminars in Melbourne will be held from 26-28 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

WorkSafe is also supporting events being planned by local health and safety groups at Port Fairy on 20 October, Horsham on 21 October, Shepparton on 27 October and Altona on 27 October.

All seminars and events during Health and Safety Week are free but bookings are essential. For further details, or to register to attend an event, go to

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 or write to Advisory Service, PO Box 4306, Melbourne, 3001.