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RTWSA - October News

Thursday 5 October 2023

October is National Safe Work Month - a time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

Safe Work Month serves as a yearly reminder of the critical importance of workplace safety. By raising awareness, educating employees and employers, and promoting a safety-first culture, it contributes significantly to reducing workplace accidents and creating a safer and more productive work environment.

Remember, safety is everyone's responsibility, and Safe Work Month plays a vital role in reinforcing this message to prevent injuries.

The theme in 2023 is For everyone's safety, work safely, with a weekly focus on different health and safety areas including injuries at work, mental health and managing WHS risks.

Lucinda's recovery and return to work story

Lucinda was seriously injured while working in retail as a nightfill manager. She shares her return to work story and how it has given her something to look forward to.

Together with our claims agents, we’re committed to guiding and supporting seriously injured workers to re-engage with the community, including making a return to work where possible. Being employed positively impacts quality of life by providing a sense of purpose and deeper connection with the community.

Over-represented industries for work injury claims

While Safe Work Month is the time when all workplaces should be committed to reviewing, building and maintaining safe and healthy workplaces, four industries have a bigger gap to bridge as they are over-represented when it comes to work injury claims.

In the 2023 financial year, manufacturing businesses were the most over-represented as they made up 6.1% of businesses registered with ReturnToWorkSA but accounted for 20.1% of claims.

We’re supporting driver health

ReturnToWorkSA’s Healthy Workplaces team is supporting the transport industry to create healthier workplaces through better understanding of the needs of drivers.
This follows the release of the findings of a Monash University study into the health impacts of those working in the transport sector.

Driving Health highlights the difficulties faced by drivers while on the road, such as trouble finding healthy meals, lack of opportunity for physical activity, poor rest stop facilities, time pressures and isolation from family and friends.

Get free support to create a healthy, safe and thriving workplace

Supporting the health and wellbeing of people at work can help everyone live healthier lives.

The Healthy Workplaces Service provides businesses of all sizes in South Australia with free, practical information and resources to create a healthy, safe, and thriving workplace.

Any organisation in South Australia can access this free service. Register your workplace online and one of our Healthy Workplaces Advisors will contact you within 5 working days.

The Healthy Workplaces Service is a joint initiative of Wellbeing SA, SafeWork SA, ReturnToWorkSA, Department for Industry, Innovation and Science and Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment.