Safe Work Month

In Australia, October is National Safe Work Month — a time to make your commitment to improving safety and health in your workplace.

While the health, safety and wellness of staff and students should always be front of mind in “how we do what we do” at UQ, October is a great time to collectively focus on the health, safety and wellness of our staff and students, and ourselves. 

Unsurprisingly, this year’s national theme for Safe Work Month is Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, which acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employers and workers.

Individuals, their families and the broader community are all impacted by work-related injury and illness. Last year in Australia, Safe Work Australia preliminary data shows that around 180 people died while doing their job. Around 107,000 people made a workers’ compensation claim for serious injury or illness in 2017-18.  One in five Queensland workers suffer from a mental health condition.  We all have an important role to play to ensure that everyone at our workplace is physically and mentally safe.

Safe Work Month and Mental Health Week events

There are a number of activities during October, both at UQ and externally, to mark Safe Work Month.

This year is a little different, and our Safe Work Month offerings are all available through Zoom. We're also promoting the great program offered by Queensland’s work health and safety regulator.

Mental Health Week (10 October to 18 October) also falls within Safe Work Month. Please see the article on Mental Health Week in HSW Quarter 4 newsletter to see all the UQ offerings available for this important week. 

Staff of the UQ Health, Safety and Wellness Division and of the greater UQ health, safety and wellness community are available to assist and support you in promoting the highest practicable standard of occupational health, safety and wellness within UQ, and a positive OHS culture across UQ. Please contact the HSW Division if we can be of any assistance.

UQ Program and Events

7 Oct

12pm -
1pm

Oxygen and Gas Alarms at UQ

Why do we measure O2 and toxic gases? Lessons learnt from CSIRO.

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8 Oct

12pm - 12.45pm

COVID Past, Present and Future

A look at historical COVID-19 parallels and issues around the development and roll-out of a vaccine.

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12 Oct

1pm -
2pm

From Surviving to Thriving

A practical webinar to look at managing personal stress and building resilience.

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13 Oct

1pm -
2pm

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Understand how our minds and bodies can work best in busy lives.

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16 Oct

1pm -
2pm

Feeding your Mental Health

Get the most out of your food for mental wellbeing.

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19 Oct

12pm -
1pm

UQ HSW Hot Topics

Join these UQ presenters as they discuss hot WHS topics around UQ.

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20 Oct

12pm -
1.30pm

Industrial Manslaughter

Understanding the elements of Industrial Manslaughter.

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21 Oct

1pm -
2pm

Return to Work Responsibilities

Promote a successful return to work for injured workers

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22 Oct

1pm -
2pm

UQ OHSS Academic Program

Understand and engage with the UQ OHSS academic programs on offer

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23 Oct

12pm -
1pm

WHS for supervisors and HDR's

WHS responsibilities for UQ supervisors and HDR students.

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26 Oct

10am -
11am

AIHS: Be CAP-able

Professional development options for health and safety professionals

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27 Oct

12pm -
1pm

Dreamworld Incident

Some of the Coroner's findings will be discussed and how complex organisations can learn.

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30 Oct

10am -
11am

Incident Investigation

On leading practice in incident investigation with particular focus on practical application. 

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WHS Queensland Program and Events

To learn more about Safe Work Month, visit the QLD Safe Work Month website or contact the Health, Safety and Wellness Division.

Yellow and black graphic National Safe Work Month 2020. Text says "WHS through COVID-19. National Safe Work Month 2020".