Friday 10 November 2017

Come home to where you are needed most

Stay safe at work so you can come home to the jobs that need you most.

That's the message from WorkSafe ahead of "Jobs at Home Day" – a campaign which encourages employers and workers to have conversations about safety at work so they can get home at the end of the day to do the things their loved ones rely on them to do.

Now in its fifth year, the campaign asks people to create their own free Jobs at Home Day badge listing their most important job at home, and wear it to work on official Jobs at Home Day on Friday, 8 December.

It's easy. Just go to www.jobsathomeday.com.au to create a badge, or order one for a co-worker, friend or family member. It will be delivered by post so you and those you nominate can wear them on Jobs At Home Day to encourage discussions about workplace safety.

Last year, more than 10,500 Victorians participated and wore badges such as Toy Railway Engineer, Chief Sink Wiper, Homework Monitor and Backyard BBQ Chef.

WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies - whose Job at Home is 'Chief Censor'- said while designing your own badge should be fun, the campaign had an important message for all Victorians.

"Whether it be Chief Couch Warmer, Share House Film Critic, Bedtime Story Teller or Resident Fashion Adviser, the jobs we do at home for those we love are often the most important," Ms Amies said.

"Tragically, 21 people have died in Victorian workplaces so far this year and they have left behind grieving families, friends and work colleagues.

"It can never be acceptable that anyone dies at work, and discussions about health and safety should be an important part of every workplace every day.

"We hope thousands of people create a badge, wear it on Jobs At Home Day and use it to start conversations about workplace safety."

Finance Minister Robin Scott said having discussions about safety at work were particularly important at this time of year.

"This is a very busy time of year with people often rushing to get jobs done before the Christmas break, and health and safety may not always be at the forefront of people's minds," Mr Scott said.

Mr Scott said the campaign took a light-hearted approach to help create conversations about a serious issue.


"The Jobs at Home Day campaign is asking people to take time at work to talk about safety, and to discuss what steps can be taken to ensure people get home safely from work, every day," he said.

For more information or to order a Jobs at Home Day badge visit: www.jobsathomeday.com.au.

Each person who orders or receives a badge will enter the draw to win a $5000 travel voucher.

Further Information

WorkSafe media enquiries: Kathleen O'Dwyer: 0435 409 975, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kate Murphy: 0481 906 487, 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.