Organisations and individuals can take actions to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day is a reminder that we can help to prevent these tragedies from taking place. It is also a day to remember people who have died from or experienced a work-related injury or illness.
This year, the theme focuses on the monumental challenge employers, workers, governments, and societies are addressing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic — Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives.
Australian workplaces have had to promptly adapt to practices and procedures to reduce the risks of COVID-19 in the working environment of their workers and others who could be affected by the virus. The recovery stage and future preparedness of COVID-19 is an important step to take. This involves focus on medium and long-term occupational safety and health (OSH) practices, which integrate into OSH management policies, systems, and practices.
For organisations with employees returning to workplace, control measures and infectious disease plans should be implemented. Those that currently have a restricted number of employees at the workplace will equally need to continue with measures that have been in place and continue to.
The NSCA Foundation have recently hosted a series of webinars relating to COVID-19 which include looking after your team’s mental health, managing teams working remotely and the impact on your workplace. One such webinar is "CREW CARE: Building caring and resilient remote teams during a crisis", which was presented by Graeme Cowan, team care and resilience speaker, Board Director of RUOK? and author. Graeme discusses the importance of self care, crew care and red zone care in building more caring and resilient teams. These three qualities are central to better team performance in an uncertain world, particularly during major disruptions like COVID-19.
We have a list of webinars coming up over the next couple of months which you can register for HERE. If you are a NSCA Foundation member and would like to view some of our recent webinars they are available in our Members Lounge.
You can get involved with this year's World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day through sharing and promoting information about safety and health at your workplace. We also encourage you to get involved through promoting this day on social media using the hashtags #worldWHSday2020 and/or #IWMD2020.
Visit International Labour Organization's website and International Trade Union Confederation website for resources they have developed for 'Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives'. Safe Work Australia has developed a substantial amount of resources on COVID-19 on their website that you can use to share useful information about COVID-19 in your workplace, including those for specific industries such as retail, age care, health care, building and construction, mining, road freight, and more.