As October came to an end, it is a good time to wrap up what we have done for National Safe Work Month. Every year, October is dedicated to promoting workplace safety. During this time, Safe Work Australia asks businesses, employers, and workers across Australia to join National Safe Work Month and commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.
This year, Glad Group conducted several safety initiatives with the purpose of encouraging our people to know safety and work safely by thinking safe, working safe and being safe. Several safety initiatives were delivered to our people, providing an understanding of how we work behind the scenes to promote a safe work culture.
Let’s Talk About Safety – special employee safety event
We were honoured to have leading safety advocate Patrizia Cassaniti, CEO of the Touched by Christopher foundation, join us at our Sydney Office on Monday 31stOctober to share her powerful lifesaving presentation.
Attended by our maintenance, electrical, cleaning, security, workplace services and support office teams – everyone was deeply moved by her personal story and gained a deeper understanding of the importance of speaking up on unsafe work practices, and the potentially devastating outcomes that can occur as a result of safety complacency. Patrizia spoke of the importance of being proactive, taking action when we see something that does not look or feel right. It is that action that could be the catalyst to avoiding injury not just at work but also in our daily lives.
Her confronting and powerful story is a reminder to us all that a split-second complacent decision can have a lifelong impact on many. Together, by speaking up we can create a safe work environment by taking action and putting family at the heart of everything we do.
SafeTea at our Sydney Office
Our National Risk and Compliance Manager, Belinda Bogoevska hosted a special SafeTea morning tea on the 25th of October for our Sydney Office staff, pointing out that we always need to be mindful of safety hazards no matter our workplace environment. From making a cup of hot tea to spilling water on the floor, we all play a vital role in minimising workplace risks.
“Keeping our people safe” training module
In October, we also released a training module outlining our ongoing safety commitment through:
- The continuous improvement of our ISO accredited Integrated Business Management System (IBMS) – our safety roadmap comprised of policies, procedures and Safe Work Method Statements that meet international standards.
- Regular safety training to minimise workplace risks through our online Learning management system, on site toolbox talks and hands on training.
- Mental Health and Wellbeing initiatives such as our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Whistleblower program, and special internal events.
- Regular electrical equipment maintenance, and the provision of personal safety wear to ensure our people are safety prepared when undertaking their daily work routines.
Conducting a company-wide survey to find out what our people say on safety
During the month of October, we also asked the Glad Family to participate in our Safety Survey. We would like to thank everyone that has taken part, providing valuable feedback on how we can continue to improve our safety approach across the organisation.
Contact us if you would like to share other safety initiatives we could cover!