Safe Work Australia Month October 2014 | Fresh HR

Safe Work Australia Month – October 2014

Workplace health and safety obligations apply to everyone involved in a business. Ensure you meet your obligations by familiarising yourself with the laws and following them.

Safe Work Australia Month (safety month) is on now! Held around Australia throughout the month of October, safety month encourages people to get involved in and concentrate on safety in their workplace to reduce death, injury and disease. This year’s theme is Work safe. Home safe which reminds us that the most important reason for making our workplace safe, is not at work at all. Join thousands of workplaces around Australia who will be taking part in safety month to improve their health, safety and wellbeing.

If you don’t meet your workplace health and safety obligations, you are putting people’s health and even their lives at risk. You are also breaking the law and you may face penalties or prosecution

Losing breath – The Adam Sager story

Losing breath tells the tragic story of Adam Sager who died from mesothelioma (an asbestos related disease) at the age of 25. Adam’s family shared the heartbreaking story about how they unknowingly exposed their son to asbestos when he was only 18 months old. They hope that Adam’s story will help raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. Adam’s mum, Julie Sager, urges home renovators and tradies to play it safe with asbestos and be aware of the risks of exposing themselves and others to it: “Just do what you need to do to keep your family safe” Julie said. A typical Queensland home built before 1990 will likely have some materials containing asbestos