Safe Work October 2017

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This Safe Work October WorkSafe wants you and your workplace to focus on safety and think about why safety and health is important. 

Your workplace can take part by planning an event, attending one of WorkSafe’s workshops, or following us on Twitter to raise awareness of safety and health in your workplace.

Make safety visible


Safety and health workshops 2017

WorkSafe WA is hosting the popular Safety and Health Workshops series throughout October.  These expert led workshops sell-out quickly for good reason, so book early to avoid disappointment.  

Celebrate Safety Breakfast Presentation

You are invited to Celebrate Safety breakfast presentation.  This event launches Safe Work October 2017 in style and gives us all an opportunity to recognise the finalists and winners of the 2017 Work Safety Awards. 

When: Friday 6 October 2017

Time: 7:15 am registration for a 7.45 start

Where: The University Club of Western Australia

Cost:  $80 (incl GST) per person

Eventbrite - Celebrate Safety 2017 - Breakfast Presentation

Guest speaker - Terry Agnew, Group CEO RAC (Western Australia)

Intellibus trial and the future of autonomous vehicle technology in the workplace

Autonomous vehicle technology is the biggest disruption to transport since the invention of motor cars and the RAC has commenced Australia’s very first Automated Vehicle Trial.  Mr Agnew will be discussing RAC's commitment to workplace safety and health, the RAC Intellibus trial and the future of autonomous vehicle technology in the workplace

Plan your own event or activity

Why get involved?

  • It shows a commitment to safety and health in your workplace;
  • it provides an opportunity to raise safety issues and solutions; and
  • it is an opportunity to increase your workplace's knowledge of safety and health.

Getting started

  • Set your target audience - training, information or activities can be planned for small work teams, a work area, division or the whole workplace
  • Plan - what type of activity or event is best suited for your target audience, the issue or topic and the budget
  • Promote - copy and distribute a flyer/email, ask managers and supervisors to promote the  event, tell people about it by word of mouth, which is the best way to get information to people.  Download a Safe Work October poster to display in your workplace
  • On the day - take photos of your activity for your own records, to publish in your work newsletter or place on notice boards

Activities ideas for your workplace

  • Set up a safety display. Consider using  Work Safe October posters  posters to promote safety in your workplace.  
  • Show safety in action 
  • Check for hazards in your workplace. The first step  
  • Conduct an emergency evacuation drill
  • Check chemicals and hazardous substances are stored and labelled properly and have an MSDS. Guidance note MSDSs 
  • Do some housekeeping to tidy work areas

Education and training

Health and wellbeing

Healthier Workplaces WA provides free tools and resources to assist organisations in developing and maintaining a health and wellbeing program.

Spread the word

  • Display posters and publications in your workplace.  
  • Include a safety bulletin in newsletters or emails
  • Organise a safety and health morning tea to meet reps or committee members.


Download our resources for your Safe Work October event.

For your notice board

Quizzes and activities

  • Use our Safe Work October activities as a basis to form a work health and safety quiz relevant to your workplace or industry.
  • The Small Business quick safety quiz to assist in identifying areas requiring improvement.  Although this quiz is aimed at small business it can be useful for medium businesses.


Managing the risk of falls at workplaces: Running time: 13:05 mins 
Falling from one level to another is a major workplace hazard and is the most common cause of death from traumatic injuries in construction. Fall hazards occur in all industries and most fatalities occur from a relatively low height. It is vital to secure the health and safety of workers by undertaking adequate risk management. This film will show you how to identify fall hazards, assess the risks, control the risks, and implement and maintain controls.

Manual tasks: Running time: 11:32 mins
This video will show you how to identify hazardous manual tasks, how to assess risks arising from hazardous manual tasks, and how to control the risk.

Hazardous substances: Running time: 12:13 mins
This film will show you how to identify hazardous substances, assess the risk of injury or harm and control the risk.

Asbestos: The Wittenoom Tragedy: Running Time: 13:31 mins
This video includes the reflections of Dr Jim McNulty (former Commissioner for Health) concerning asbestos mining operations at Wittenoom which led to serious health problems for workers at the mine and residents in the town.

New to the job:  Running Time: 23:03 mins
New to the job can be used as part of an induction program for new workers.

Inspect your workplace

Use one of WorkSafe's checklists to inspect your workplace.

Calendar of events

Friday 6 October 2017

Celebrate Safety 2017 Breakfast Presentation

 Eventbrite - Celebrate Safety 2017 - Breakfast Presentation

Tuesday 10 October 2017 

  • Morning session - When friendships amongst employees turn sour – what is the employer’s duty of care?
  • Afternoon session - Investigating injuries from psychosocial hazards 

Thursday 12 October 2017

  • Morning session - Fatigue management and the science of sleep 
  • Afternoon session - Introduction to human factors and human reliability 

Tuesday 17 October 2017

  • Morning session - Slips and trips in the workplace 
  • Afternoon session - Asbestos in the workplace 

Wednesday 18 October 2017

  • Morning session - Perth - Safety and health representatives forum 
  • Afternoon session - Perth - Safety and health representatives forum - Repeat session 

Thursday 19 October 2017

  • Morning session - Plant in the workplace 
  • Afternoon session - Plant in the workplace - Repeat session

Wednesday 25 October 2017

  • Geraldton - Safety and health forum


Book now! 

Book now to attend a workshop.

Cancellation policy

Workshop sessions cannot be changed or transferred once booked and paid for. If you wish to change your workshop session selection, please cancel your booking and you will be refunded as long it is within the cancellation time frame. To select a new workshop (if places are still available) simply follow the registration process again and pay.

If you are unable to attend a workshop session a substitute participant can attend at no extra charge, but they must bring the original session ticket to the workshop. New tickets will not be issued.

A full refund will be made for cancellations received up to one week prior to the selected workshop. Any cancellations made after this period will not be refunded.




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