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There’s only 1 month to go before entries close into the National Safety Awards of Excellence.

So enter today and celebrate your WHS achievements as an Australian safety leader at work, in your industry and your business community.

Don’t miss out! Visit www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au – It’s free and easy to enter!

Entries close Sunday 6 July.

If you require any assistance in opening an account, submitting an entry or have any questions, email awards@nsca.org.au or call 1800 655 510.

Work pressure, harassment and bullying are still costing workers and employers many weeks off work and thousands of dollars for individual compensations claims.

Workers under the pump who lodged mental stress claims took off a median 9.6 weeks with the median cost of each claim being $19,700, says the latest data from Safe Work Australia.

Work-related harassment and/or workplace bullying accounted for 8.4 weeks off work and $18,100.

Also, exposure to workplace or occupational violence resulted in an average 3.1 weeks off work and $6400.

Although overall the frequency of these and other mental stress claims, including exposure to traumatic events and suicide or attempted suicide, have fallen since 2001-2002, harassment and/or bullying has increased.

Also, these figures may underestimate the extent of the problem. “Workers’ compensation data may not be the best way of looking at trends in work-related mental stress as the ability to lodge a claim may be influenced by the legislative process and other external factors,” says the Safe Work Australia data.

For more details, visit the data.

Published on 5 June 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Young workers in particular are no longer prepared to keep fronting up to workplaces that don’t look after mental health.

Forty-five per cent of workers left their jobs because their workplaces had poor mental health environments, says a new survey from Instinct and Reason.

A random sample of 1025 employees aged from 20 years to over 50 years was selected from a cross-section of industry to participate in the survey.

Significant proportions of all age groups said they left their jobs because of their workplaces’ poor mental health support, but it was a greater motivator for younger workers to leave. Fifty-three per cent of workers aged less than 30 years left, compared to 26 per cent of workers aged over 60 years.

“This means that while a mentally healthy workplace is important in attracting and retaining staff today, it will be even more important in the future as younger workers move through the workforce,” the survey says.

For more detail, visit the survey.

Published on 5 June 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Demonstrate the value of WHS and its contribution to your business 

Here is your chance to demonstrate the importance of WHS in your business and showcase the great work you are doing.

“I urge you to celebrate the safety heroes who drive health safety and wellbeing at work. Entering the National Safety Awards is a great opportunity for WHS professionals to demonstrate the value of proactive initiatives and innovative ideas to Australian business.” Adam Baldock, CEO and Managing Director of NSCA.

Enter today at www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au or email awards@nsca.org.au to receive a copy of the National Safety Awards Nomination Guide. 

Enter today- It’s free! Entries close 6 July 2014.


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