October is National Safe Work month and the theme is “Be a Safety Champion”.
The campaign is run by Safe Work Australia – an organisation established in 2008 to develop national policy and guidance for WHS and workers’ compensation, and to raise awareness about WHS in the Australian working community.
At Knauf we subscribe to Safe Work Australia’s ethos that no industry should be unsafe to work in and that no death or injury is acceptable. We are committed to building a safe and healthy workplace for all our employees.
“The theme of National Safe Work month resonates strongly with Knauf Australia’s Health and Safety Vision,” said Knauf National WHS and Sustainability Manager Kathryn Walker.
“At Knauf we believe that safety is driven by the attitudes and values of all our employees and that all injuries are preventable. Safety is not only the responsibility of managers – it is everybody’s responsibility, regardless of your role.”
Kathryn said National Safe Work month coincides with the GBMA Safety Challenge, taking place in Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday 10 October.
The Safety Challenge is an opportunity to demonstrate participants’ skills and experience in operating forklifts and conducting other work tasks safely. It includes driving forklifts, theory, pre-op checks and other events like manual handling and emergency response.
This year Sione Veamatahau (Bundaberg), Andre Viane (Bundaberg) and Leki Ofamooni (Altona) will represent Knauf at the Challenge. Sharon Brailey from Heathwood is the team coach.
“Forklifts represent one of the highest safety risks in the industry and safety for drivers and pedestrians is critical. We wish Sharon and our team all the best for the GBMA Safety Challenge and we know that they will make us proud!
“More than 200 Knauf employees have made the decision to become champions for health and safety by signing up for the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge. With National Safe Work month coming up, they now have the opportunity to become champions for safety too!” Kathryn added.
Click here for more information on National Safe Work month and to find out how you can be a Safety Champion at work and at home.
Chair of Safe Work Australia Diane Smith-Gander says anyone can be a Safety Champion by knowing the hazards and risks around the workplace, actively promoting awareness of them and preventing injury and harm.