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Get together

  • Put on a safety sausage sizzle so everyone can get together and have a chat about their safety experiences, share stories and tips.
  • Recognise your workplace safety champions.
  • Host a family day for your workers and their families where everyone can be active.
  • Hold regular toolbox talks with your work team.

Get training and learning

  • Hold a workplace forum to talk about safety issues.
  • Hold team building exercises e.g. how many workplace hazards can teams identify, or give each of them a case study on an issue and see what solution they can come up with.
  • Take a safety walk - see if you can spot hazards and fix them.
  • Run refresher training for all workers e.g. first aid, fire safety, hazard identification.
  • Use our Take 10@10 online training package for quick 5-10 minute presentations for your workers on how to manage common risks and hazards.
  • Encourage everyone to wear hi-vis safety gear to a morning tea where you talk safety.
  • Run a safety competition.
  • Hold a quiz with health and safety questions.
  • Organise speakers from industry associations or professional bodies relevant to your workplace to present on the importance of work health and safety.
  • Run a training session on the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Organise a presentation or practical workshop by the workplace health and safety officer on safe working methods and procedures for your workplace.

Get connected

  • Introduce a feedback box for workers to raise their work health and safety concerns anonymously.
  • Include a safety-related article or message in your newsletter.
    o Register and borrow  SafeWork SA resources - books, DVDs, etc. Search the online catalogue to find the right resources for your workplace.
  • Receive updates and stay in touch - subscriber, follow SafeWork SA on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Create and distribute an office calendar that includes drawings made by the families of staff to motivate safe work.
  • Organising a safety trivia competition using the national safety statistics and fact or fiction material.

Get healthy

  • Hold a healthy morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea and offer the opportunity for your team to raise any health and safety concerns.
  • Arrange for guest speakers to visit your workplace to talk about healthy habits- a nutritionist, physiotherapist etc.
  • Organise staff health checks such as fitness, medical, skin or eye tests.
  • Provide ergonomic assessments for your workers and look into trialling sit to stand workstations.
  • Encourage healthy eating during the month such as a healthy recipe swap, providing free fruit in break areas, or inviting a nutritionist to share with staff.
  • Have a junk food free day.
  • Provide fruit for your team to snack on.
  • Update your workplace kitchen facilities to make it easier to store and prepare healthy meals.
  • Make your workplace smoke free with help from quitsa.org.au.
  • Arrange free health checks for your team.
  • Hold a mindfulness/meditation session to help your team better manage tension or stress.
  • Have a stress-down day
  • Organise an instructor to take a meditation session, yoga or pilates class.
  • Enter a team in the Corporate Cup or host your own fun run.
  • Start a stretching class for staff before each shift or set a time each day to stretch.

Get active

  • You may have heard that 'sitting is the new smoking' - so stand up, stretch, move!
  • Provide workers with pedometers and set a challenge.
  • Encourage workers to improve their health by walking more, riding a bike to/from work.
  • Encourage workers to form a sporting team.
  • Encourage workers to implement lunch-time fitness groups e.g. walking, running, yoga, table tennis.
  • Hold a safety walk, run or bike-ride - don't forget to use sunscreen and stay hydrated!

Get testing, checking, inspecting and updating

  • Set a target for your organisation to reduce its number of workplace incidents.
  • Regularly review and update your health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Test your preparedness with fire and emergency evacuation/invacuation drills.
  • Ensure all of your hazard registers are up-to-date.
  • Dedicate time to keep your workplace tidy with regular inspections of potential hazards.
  • Conduct a workplace inspection or ergonomic assessment to identify potential hazards and find solutions.
  • Establish or review emergency procedures and conduct an emergency drill.