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A MESSAGE FROM THE WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMISSIONER

Good afternoon

WorkSafe ACT has had a busy month during October, and I would like to let you know about some of our important achievements during this time.

I am pleased to confirm that WorkSafe ACT has developed a Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Strategic Plan for 2020-2024.

These two documents underpin the activities described in WorkSafe ACT’s Statement of Operational Intent for 2020-21.

As you may know, October was National Safe Work Month (NSWM) a time when WorkSafe ACT reminds all workers to think about their workplace health and safety.  This year, the theme for NSWM was ‘Work Health and Safety through COVID-19’ which acknowledged the wide-reaching impact of COVID-19 in local workplaces.

As part of NSWM, WorkSafe ACT launched Territory specific webinars and links to resources to support employers and workers. These three webinars discussed topics including managing for wellbeing, trauma and flexible work and safety were attended by over 600 participants.

During NSWM, WorkSafe ACT launched its Residential Construction Strategy, which aims to improve the safety culture and increased compliance across this industry.

WorkSafe ACT also hosted an online Silica Symposium, to raise awareness of the risks associated with Crystalline Silica and controls available to manage these risks. Finally, NSWM saw the introduction of WorkSafe ACT’s Occupational Violence Working Group, with senior representatives across industry, public sector and unions. This working group will meet regularly to further support employers in managing violence in the workplace.

I hope you find the information in this email useful, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me any time.

Best regards

Jacqueline Agius

Work Health and Safety Commissioner  

 

 

COVID-19 infection control training

Master Plumbers ACT  and CITC recommends that you and your team undertake the Australian Government COVID infection control training. This free 30-minute online training module is for health care workers in all settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19.. You can access the course here

 

   

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