National Safe Work Month 2021: Think safe. Work safe. Be safe.

Start planning your workplace activity today.

This year's theme think safe. work safe. be safe. Here at SafeWork SA we would also like everyone to get home safe.

Whether you have 5 employees or 500 employees, in Adelaide or in one of SA's great regional centres you can get involved. Organise your own workplace activity and show your commitment to health and safety in your workplace.

These activities can be fun and informal such as:

  • a safety quiz
  • a themed morning tea
  • a hazard identification competition
  • a clean up day that focusses on removing potential hazards
  • mini Olympics that gets both your brains and muscles active
  • arranging a health check for staff
  • a talk with a focus on an aspect of work health and safety that impacts your business
  • produce a safety video or training course.

By telling us about your activity, your workplace can go into the running to win one of our gold, silver or bronze awards worth up to $500. We have prizes for both large businesses and the very small so everyone is in the running no matter what your budget.

See what other workplaces are doing or check out our competition winners from 2019 and 2020 for some inspiration!

Don't forget to promote your event on social media and let everyone know you take safety seriously - use #safeworkmonth and #ThinkWorkBeSafe on your posts. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn and share our posts.

We also have some resources available to help promote your workplace activity.


Six businesses were recognised for their workplace safety initiatives held during National Safe Work Month.

Assessment of all registered events looked at originality of idea, relevance to health and safety and to their industry, promotion of events, and workplace engagement.

Gold award winners


(large organisation with over 200 employees)

IKEA went way above and beyond with their month long safety awareness campaign. Promoting different topics each week. Giving special focus to different departments in the organisation, allowing staff to nominate safety champions and offering prizes to make activities fun and engaging.

Sutterby Electrical

(small organisation less than 30 employees)

Sutterby focussed on the link between diet and mental health. With presentations from physical and mental health specialists and buying their staff a healthy lunch!

Silver award winners


(large organisation with over 200 employees)

RAA produced their own safety video in-house specifically addressing risks and issues which their staff encounter. A great resource that will have a long-life span, and a great effort put in to the production.

Master Builders SA

(small-medium organisation under 100 employees)

Masters Builders asked their apprentices to provide a “safety” motto competition to get them thinking about what makes a workplace safe and how to keep yourself safe whilst on the job.

Bronze award winners


(large organisation under 200 employees)

Korvest provided free, onsite and confidential worker health checks for their workers. The checks included:

  • Blood Profiling With Cardiochek machine (“pin prick” test)
  • Lipid Profile Cholesterol (Total CHOL)
  • Blood sugar (GLUC)

McLaren Vintners

(small organisation less than 30 employers)

McLaren Vintners had a snake catcher come out to speak about snake awareness, identification of the different types, how to be safe if you come in to contact with a snake and also first aid.

He spoke about the importance of ensuring your workplace (or home) is set up in a way that prevents snakes from making it their home. All staff found it extremely beneficial not only from a workplace perspective but also taught them how to stay safe at home. They would very much recommend that all workplaces, especially wineries, undertake this training.

Our 2019 competition winners came up with a variety of ideas to help promote work health and safety in their organisations.

Advanced Plastic Recycling staff with their winner's certificate

Advanced Plastic Recycling

Advanced Plastic Recycling held a Safety Improvements Competition encouraging employees to be "Safety Champions". This competition asked employees to suggest safety initiatives in five categories - Product Loading, On the Road, Daily Activities, Factory Tours, Christmas. Employees were encouraged to suggest initiatives in these areas, submissions judged against set criteria and finalists decided by employee vote. There was one overall winner plus a winner and winners in each category. This competition was a fun and effective way to encourage the team to consider further safety improvements and promote collaboration. (27 employees)

ATEC staff with their winner's certificate

ATEC Group Training

ATEC Group Training ran a competition with it's apprentices to SMS "One Line Safety Messages". For each day of October one of these SMS's was selected and sent out to all of our apprentices. At the end of the month, all entries went into a draw for one of 3 prizes. (135 employees)

ATYS staff with their winner's certificate


ATSYS empowered individuals to be Safety Champions by handing out raffle tickets to all employees who promote safety. Staff were encouraged to share their on-site safety experiences, identify safety hazards and suggest mitigation measures, manage PPE allocations, maintain a hazard free work space and correctly answer safety questions from the WHS Procedure and Legislation Quiz. At the end of the month, a ‘Safety Champion Morning Tea’ was held where each raffle ticket holder was able to take a spin of the ‘Wheel of Safety’. This concluded the month with a bang – a safe one of course! (60 employees)

N.F. McDonnell & Sons

NF MacDonell staff with their winner's certificate

N.F. McDonnell & Sons strongly believe that safety needs to be at the forefront of their business every day. The company used National Safe Work Month as an opportunity to recognise and reward their safety champions for their hard work and commitment to safety. N.F McDonnell & Sons'  workplace activity commenced in January 2019 encouraging their workers to be safety champions throughout the year by holding their own Safe Work Month competition. Winners announced at a special safety BBQ held in October. (120 employees)

Parkwynd Private Hospital staff with their winner's certificate

Parkwynd Private Hospital

Parkwynd developed a 'Health & Wellbeing and Safety' calendar for the month of October with an 'activity' for every day of the month. Activities included: bring a health morning or afternoon tea to share; eat your lunch outside day; a visit from the Cancer Council; Occupational Violence & Aggression Awareness Day; identify a workplace hazard and provide a solution; tell us what makes you feel safe at work; information on mental health & wellbeing. All staff got actively involved and had a big impact on their safety and health & wellbeing culture. (100 employees)

Rapid Global staff with their winner's certificate

Rapid Global

Be a Rapid Safety Champion - Rapid Global ran an office briefing combined with a 'Be a Rapid Safety Champion' themed tea with 'National Safe Work Month' branded cupcakes logo and other promotional materials. Rapid Global incorporated a social media campaign that included a video to further promote this cause and to show Rapid's support of Safe Work Month! (65 employees)

Register to win

By holding a work health and safety activity or event during October 2021 and registering it on our website, you’ll be in the running to win a prize valued up to $500 from a range of South Australian products.

Don't forget to read our terms and conditions before entering.

  1. This competition is being run by SafeWork SA, Level 4, 33 Richmond Road, Keswick SA 5035.
  2. Each entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Terms and Conditions and is deemed to have read and understood these Terms and Conditions.


  1. By registering a workplace activity during National Safe Work Month businesses are automatically entered into this competition. Businesses may withdraw from the competition by writing to SafeWork SA.
  2. SafeWork SA will collect your personal information for the purposes of subscribing you to our email service and you will only be contacted by SafeWork SA and not by any other organisation. You can choose to unsubscribe at any time.
  3. The competition commences at midnight Friday 1 October 2021 and closes at midnight Sunday 31 October 2021 (“Competition Period”). Registration opens September 2021. Winners will be selected at the conclusion of the Competition Period based on a judging matrix.
  4. Entrants may withdraw from the competition by emailing SafeWork SA.
  5. SafeWork SA will publish a list of participants and their activities on their website.
  6. To qualify to win a prize, entrants must:
    1. register their workplace activity with SafeWork SA
    2. host a workplace activity that promotes safety in the workplace during National Safe Work Month (October 2021)
  7. Where an Entrant has a social media presence, promotion of the workplace activity should include @SafeWorkSA, #safeworkmonth, and #ThinkWorkBeSafe.
  8. By entering the competition each Entrant agrees for SafeWork SA to contact them via Facebook or direct message if they win a prize.
  9. It is the Entrant’s responsibility to participate in the competition safely, thoroughly, accurately and in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.


  1. The value of the prize is shown in Australian Dollars and includes GST (where applicable). Prices are current at the time of the competition but are subject to change. The total prize pool is $3,000.
  2. The prizes remain the property of SafeWork SA until claimed by the winner.
  3. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprising of SafeWork SA staff. Assessment is based on creativity and originality of the workplace activity, relevance to work health and safety, relevance to this year's theme 'WHS through COVID-19", the reach of their activity within their workplace and use of social media tags as specified in the entry conditions.
  4. SafeWork SA’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. Winners will be notified by SafeWork SA by Friday 12 November 2021. Winners details will be posted on SafeWork SA's social media and website.
  6. All prizes are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
  7. SafeWork SA accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from the prize winnings.
  8. SafeWork SA accepts no responsibility or liability if a winner is unable to be contacted, and all methods of communication are unsuccessful. If a winner is unable to be contacted the panel of judges may select another winner.
  9. SafeWork SA accepts no responsibility for prizes damaged, delayed or lost in transit.
  10. SafeWork SA accepts no responsibility or liability if a winner is unable to use the prize for any reason.
  11. SafeWork SA makes no representation, expressly or implied, as to the quality, reliability or suitability of the prize and expressly disclaims any liability. Any problems associated with the prize should be brought to the attention of the supplier of the respective goods or services.