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We are officially half way through Safe Work Australia Month, which is running throughout October in order to raise awareness about the importance of proper occupational health and safety.

The event, which is organised by Safe Work Australia, has already been deemed a success, with hundreds of informative seminars and sessions being held across the country.

However, even as we enter the second half of October, Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer Rex Hoy says it is still not too late for people to get involved and sign up to play a key role in Safe Work Australia Month.

“Safety Ambassador registrations don’t close until next Monday 21 October so there is still time register and promote safety in your workplace,” said Mr Hoy in a statement released October 14.

Anyone working in Australia as a full- or part-time employee can sign up to be a Safety Ambassador. Volunteer workers are also eligible.

People who sign up to be Safety Ambassadors prior to the cut-off date will be provided with a free Safety Ambassador Information Kit, containing useful tools and information that can be used to educate other employees on the importance of workplace safety.

Mr Hoy will present the award for 2013 Safety Ambassador of the Year on Thursday October 24. 2012 Safety Ambassador of the Year Jacinta Macaulay will also be on hand to help honour the recipient.

Entrants in the 2013 awards will be judged based on a number of factors, including how effective they have been in communicating the importance of health and safety, and how successful they were in initiating cultural change within their organisation.

“Thank you to the 822 registered Safety Ambassadors who have held events like wellness activities, hazard identification games and safety workshops to highlight the importance of work health and safety,” said Mr Hoy.

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