Exposure to chemicals is 100 per cent preventable. Without the proper controls, they can cause cancer, respiratory illnesses, skin and eye irritations, and fire and explosion-related injuries. There are literally thousands of hazardous chemicals used in the workplace – paints, pesticides, cleaners and fuels, to name a few. They come in various forms – powders, […]

Jason Garrels was just 20 years old when he died at a construction site in 2012. He had only been working there for nine days and his death was preventable. In this video, produced by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Jason’s family and friends share their experiences to raise awareness about the importance of workplace […]

In Australia, more than six million employees take sick leave every year due to mental illness. Moreover, untreated mental health conditions are resulting in $10.9 billion being lost every year due to absenteeism, reduced productivity and compensation claims. A world-first study published in Lancet Psychiatry, led by researchers at the Black Dog Institute and University […]

Based in St. Mary’s, Enviro Pallets manufactures timber pallets. It’s a small business, with just six full time workers – plus a handful of labour hire workers from Ability Options, an agency that supports people with disabilities. Manufacturing pallets is a high risk industry and, following a request for service, a SafeWork inspector visited the […]

David Nugent owns a cattle farm near Wagga Wagga and does some contract work supplying hay and operating heavy machinery to supplement his income when times are tough. Twenty years ago, David was seriously injured when his arms became caught in a hay baler as he was trying to fix a fault. As the baler […]

Glenn Stewart, Work Health and Safety Manager for Calvary Healthcare, is another proud 2017 award winner. Glenn joined Calvary, a non-for-profit health organisation, in 2011. With more than 12,000 staff and volunteers, Calvary operates 15 public and private hospitals, 15 retirement and aged care facilities, and a national network of community care centres. No sooner […]

Find out how 2017 SafeWork NSW Award winners, Sailfish Catamarans and Port Stephens Council, have built their workplace health and safety culture. Sailfish Catamaran Established in 1993 and based in Alstonville in northern NSW, Sailfish Catamarans builds aluminium boats. From a staff of two producing five boats a year, the company has grown to a […]