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National Safe Work Month 2020

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In Australia, October is National Safe Work Month – a time to make your commitment to improving safety and health in your workplace.

This year’s theme, Work Health and Safety through COVID-19, acknowledges and reflects the wide-reaching impacts of COVID-19 on Australian businesses, employees and workers.

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has had to quickly adapt our practices and procedures to reduce the WHS risks arising from COVID-19 and to manage the psychological effects of the pandemic on workers.

Safety is our top priority and there is a lot of work that has been done and will continue to help keep our staff, customers and communities safe.

Department workers in the field has also implemented new health and safety practices to ensure the continuation of maintenance of the road network, on building and across government services.

Watch how the Department maintains customer service touchpoints in response to COVID-19 health and safety practices:

A COVID-19 work health and safety risk assessment is an essential step for all business to manage the risks from COVID-19.

The National Safe Work Month theme highlights the WHS challenges that have been faced, as well as the positive outcomes brought on by the pandemic and the significant role WHS plays in keeping workers safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The risk of COVID-19 exposure is increased when working in close contact with others. Remember to practice social distancing.

South Australia’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic to date is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the agencies and people leading our response. The states response to the pandemic continues to be based on the latest health advice and we must all continue to follow measures that will help stop the spread.

Let’s work together to navigate WHS during COVID-19 and beyond.