National Safe Work Month is held in October each year and encourages employers and workers to promote positive work health and safety in the workplace. This year’s theme is sharing safety knowledge and experience benefits everyone.
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is committed to working with industry to reduce serious accidents and incidents, and provide tangible support in achieving a positive cultural change.
Mental Health Week
From October 7-14, Mental Health Week will celebrate 50 years of promoting mental health awareness and helping reduce stigma in WA. There will be so much to be part of this year! #MHWturns50
Get involved with Mental Health Week 2017, as we celebrate 50 years of running the annual awareness health campaign.
Human and organisational factors
In May 2017, Resources Safety hosted Human and organisational factors forums for the resources industry in both Perth and Karratha. The aim of the forums was to
- explain the importance of human and organisational factors for improving safety and health in the WA resources industry
- demonstrate the benefits of managing human and organisational factors
- describe the department’s human and organisational factors plans
Presentations from this event are now available for industry use.
This October, Resources Safety is highlighting the importance of recognising common workplace hazards that have injured or killed people at Western Australian mine sites. Being able to correctly identify hazards is the first step towards reducing the risk of accidents in the workplace.
To highlight its importance, Traffic management is the theme of the 2017 Mines Safety Roadshow. There are also workshops on tackling troubling trends and dangerous goods transport and management. The Roadshow will visit Kalgoorlie, Newman, Cloudbreak, Tom Price, Karratha, Port Hedland, Bunbury, Mandurah, Geraldton, and Perth and for the first time Leonora as part of its tour of the Goldfields
To find out more about the 2017 Mines Safety Roadshow or to register, visit the events page
Hazard awareness videos
Know Your Hazards is a video series produced by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for the Western Australian resources industry.
The series aims to help supervisors and work teams recognise common workplace hazards that have injured or killed people. Being able to correctly identify hazards is the first step towards reducing the risk of accidents in the workplace.
The 2017 Mines Safety Roadshow will exclusively launch the fourth instalment of the Know Your Hazards video series for the Western Australian resources industry which focuses on the importance of traffic management and how safe systems, safe vehicles and safe people can contribute to a safe mining operation. The videos feature real-life stories, reenactments and technical, fact-based material.
Know your hazards video series may be shared or downloaded from vimeo.com and distributed for educational purposes
Perth Safety Symposium 2017
The Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) will be hosting the 2017 Safety Symposium on Friday 13 October with the theme as The future of health & safety: an agenda for change.
The symposium includes a series of expert presentations exploring contemporary thinking, lessons learnt and the future development of the profession.
It promotes collaboration and sharing of best practice across the Western Australian sector in an effort to harness the capabilities of the OHS profession and work toward the ultimate elimination of workplace injury, illness and death.
Dangerous goods safety
Resources Safety is committed to helping the public not only recognise dangerous goods but also understand the hazards associated when handling, storing and transporting dangerous goods. Dangerous Goods Officers travel across the state to conduct inspections, attend dangerous goods incidents and provide expert advice on the hazards associated with dangerous goods and explosives.
Rail Safety Forum
This free industry forum will provide industry and regulators within Western Australia the opportunity to discuss the safer management of dangerous goods transport by rail. It is aim to improve awareness and understanding of emergency response planning, management and capabilities within Western Australia.
To register or find out more information, visit the Rail Transport Safety Forum events page.
Explosives Safety and Security Management
As part of the 2017 Mines Safety Roadshow, Dangerous Goods Officers will be presenting on the importance of the safe management of explosives and security sensitive ammonium nitrate across the state. The session will be interactive with officers taking participants through an incident and root cause analysis. The Roadshow will visit Kalgoorlie, Newman, Cloudbreak, Tom Price, Karratha, Port Hedland, Bunbury, Mandurah, Geraldton, and Perth and for the first time Leonora as part of its tour of the Goldfields.
Dangerous Goods Transport
Are you interested in our Dangerous Goods Officers presenting to your staff on the safe transport of dangerous goods? Regularly our staff are asked to attend toolbox meetings and safety sessions organised by dangerous goods transport companies. We can discuss the risk of dangerous goods and safe transport principles, present from our six pillar toolbox series or tailor something specific to your organisation.
Please contact us if you are interested in us visiting your transport company firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new app for mobile phones and tablets is being developed for dangerous goods drivers and others in the transport industry. The app will allow users to see the requirements for transporting different types of dangerous goods on various vehicle types and combinations.
Sign up to our weekly news alerts to find out when the free app will be available for download from the Department’s website www.dmp.wa.gov.au/subscribe.
Host your own event
National Safe Work Month is all about raising awareness of the importance of safety and health. Resources Safety has a suite of toolbox presentations on a range of topics to assist in organising an event at your workplace.
- Mines safety toolbox presentations
- Dangerous goods safety toolbox presentations
- Petroleum safety toolbox presentations
Safe Work Australia has developed a range of tools for hosting an event including the activities, posters and national safety statistics.