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Work health and safety is the responsibility of every Australian.

Safe Work Australia Chair Ann Sherry is encouraging Australians to get involved and do their part to promote good work health and safety practices during Safe Work Australia Month.

Speaking at the launch of Safe Work Australia Month yesterday (October 1), Ms Sherry explained that individuals need to stand up and play their part in order to change unsafe work environments.

“Safe Work Australia Month is an opportunity for us all to get involved and gain the many benefits of a strong safety culture,” said Ms Sherry

“Raising awareness and encouraging people to speak up about hazards not only improves the safety culture within your organisation but can actually save lives.”

According to Ms Sherry, Australia’s media have already reported 118 work-related deaths in 2013, and it is up to individuals and organisations to ensure this tragic figure climbs no higher.

2013 marks the first time a full month has been dedicated to promoting work health and safety practices, following 2012’s highly successful Safe Work Australia Week.

The theme of the month is “Safety is a frame of mind. Get the picture”. The slogan has been designed to encourage all Australian workers to think carefully about their motivations for upholding work safety.

Anyone who wants to get involved in Safe Work Australia Month is being encouraged to register as a workplace Safety Ambassador.

By doing so, they will become eligible to receive a specialised information kit – including posters, balloons and activity ideas – designed to assist them in promoting OHS within their organisation.

Ms Sherry has emphasised that there is still time for interested Australians to sign up to become Safety Ambassadors.

“It is still not too late to get involved. Register now as a Safety Ambassador and hold an activity in your workplace or attend an event hosted by your work health and safety regulator,” she said.

You can apply to be a Safety Ambassador through the Safe Work Australia website.

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