WorkSafe Tasmania Awards now open

If you have come up with a way to make your workplace safer and healthier, then you could be eligible for a WorkSafe Award.

The 2018 WorkSafe Tasmania Awards are back and will be a major focus of WorkSafe Month events throughout October.

Now run bienially, the awards promote, encourage and publically recognise innovation and excellence in work health, safety, wellbeing, rehabilitation and return to work.

They seek to influence the Tasmanian community’s attitudes and values toward all things health and safety to encourage a change to positive behaviours and broader workplace engagement.

Originally started in 1996, the awards have recently undergone an extensive review in an effort to engage and include all Tasmanian workplaces.

The 2018 categories and criteria have been simplified and guidance questions have been included to help all entrants.

The new categories this year are:

Category 1: Excellence in work health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach.

Category 2: Excellence in developing and implementing an initiative (solution) to an identified work health and safety issue.

Category 3: Excellence in work health and safety culture.

Category 4: Best individual or team contribution to work health and safety.

Category 5: Excellence in continuous improvement of rehabilitation and return to work through the implementation of an effective injury management system.

Category 6: Excellence in an individual’s contribution to rehabilitation and return to work.

Category 7: Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative.

Category 8: Leadership Excellence Award (closed category – entrants for this category are chosen from categories one to seven).

Finalists and winners will be announced at a special cocktail evening.

Every entry will receive one free ticket to the evening, which is being held on Monday 22 October at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart.

Entries close 3 June 2018.

For more information about categories, criteria, assessment and judging or to enter, visit www.worksafe.tas.gov.au

Caption: MyState staff took out the title of organisational category finalist and individual category winner in the 2016 WorkSafe Awards.