National Safe Work Month 2020

October is National Safe Work Month, a time for Territory employers and workers to focus on and review their work health and safety practices, and commit to improving health and safety in the workplace.

The year’s national theme is Work Health and Safety through COVID-19.

In work health and safety terms, COVID-19 is a workplace hazard and the risks associated with COVID-19 can be managed through risk management processes and by applying control measures that incorporate the latest health advice and directions from the Chief Health Officer.

While there has not been any community transmission in the Territory, things can quickly change as seen interstate and overseas. This year’s presentations and webinars will help Territorians navigate through COVID -19 and prepare if circumstances change in the Territory.

Territory Events

All Territory events this year can be accessed online as a webinar. The webinars are free, however some webinars have a capacity limit, so registration is required.

If you are in Darwin, a venue is available for you to attend in person and participate in each webinar. Registration to attend in person is also required.

DateTimeTopic (click to register)Presenter
Friday 9 October9.30amCOVID-19 and Work – A Mental Health PerspectiveDr Alison Moffatt, eReports
Monday 19 October9.15amCOVID-19: Impact on Workers Compensation – Information for EmployersSally Tye, NT WorkSafe
Monday 19 October10.30amWorkplace Hygiene Management During COVID-19Dr Michael Taylor, Greencap
Tuesday 20 October10.45amCOVID-19: Impact on Workers Compensation – Information for WorkersSally Tye, NT WorkSafe
Tuesday 20 October12.00pmErgonomics in the Home – Setting up your Home Office to Avoid InjuryIPAR
Tuesday 27 October2.15pmDue DiligenceDamian Hegarty, DWF Australia

Other Events

Other national Safe Work Month events Territorians can access.

DateTimeTopic (click to register)Presenter
Thursday 8 October9.00amAccelerated Workplace Change in the Face of COVID-19Comcare and Safe Work Australia

Other ways to get involved

Review your work health and safety policies and procedures

  • Hold a planning day and consult with your workers. Workplace consultation is a key component to improving safety in the workplace.
  • Review incidents and near misses at your workplace for the last 12 months. If you see a trend in similar incidents or near misses happening, you need to review your policies and procedures for that task.

The following Codes of Practice's can help you consult and review your work health and safety policy and procedures:

Prepare for the cyclone season

The official start of the cyclone season is 1 November, and Top End workplaces should start the following to prepare:

  • Review and if required, update your emergency plan.
  • Update your staff emergency contacts list.
  • Clean up your worksite.
  • Secure materials and equipment at worksite, including temporary structures like scaffolding.
    • If materials and equipment can’t be safely secured, there should be a plan to remove and safely stored them.
  • Assign and clearly communicate staff roles and responsibilities before a cyclone is declared.
  • Close your business and give your workers plenty of time to go home and seek shelter, before strong winds develop.

The SecureNT website has further information on Preparing your business for an emergency.