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The Victorian WorkCover Authority has announced the winners of the 2013 WorkSafe Awards, recognising those businesses that made outstanding achievements in promoting safer work environments.

A total of ten winners were selected from a pool of 323 entrants from a diverse range of industries, covering categories including Health and Safety, Return to Work and Health and Wellbeing.

Assistant Treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips has stressed the significance of the awards program, now in its 25th year.

“Whether it is coming up with solutions to safety hazards, implementing a wellbeing program or helping an injured worker get back to work, the contributions and commitment of our finalists and winners contribute to safer workplaces,” he said in an October 23 statement.

“I congratulate the award recipients and commend them on their dedication, their innovations and their hard work in workplace safety.”

He also explained the awards provided an opportunity for others in the industry to follow the lead set by the winners and adopt similarly innovative approaches to work safety.

This year’s winners come from a broad spectrum of industries, proving that OHS training is pertinent to any field of work.

A mix of corporate and public service entities claimed awards in the health and safety category, including digital communications firm CodeSafe, Ambulance Victoria and Grampians Region Prisons.

The Commitment to Health and Wellbeing prize was awarded to timber and aluminium window manufacturer Dowell, for implementing stringent OHS policies to keep employees safe in hazardous work environments.

In the Return to Work category, Union Hydraulics won the Employer Excellence award in recognition of its unique “We Care and Prepare” return to work program.

If you have ambitions of claiming a similar award in future, it may be a good idea to invest in OHS courses to implement safer working policies across your organisation.

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