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Safe Work Australia Week puts spotlight on employee health

12 October 2011 - 12:48pm

October 23 to 29 is National Safe Work Australia Week, encouraging employers across Australia to take the time to look at the health and wellbeing of their staff.

Safe Work Australia is behind the initiative and the organisation's Safety Ambassador Tom Phillips urges companies of all sizes to participate.

Phillips says: "To improve our national work health and safety record we all need to recognise that workplace safety is not just the responsibility of the government and management, but rather a commitment that should be made by every individual."

Safe Work Australia believes that businesses can make a real difference to the health of their workforce by creating strategies to reduce disease, injury and death.

In addition to procedures that limit risk of slips, trips and falls - companies can also look after the wellbeing of their employees through a corporate health plan which provides lucrative benefits that assist individuals and may lead to increased productivity.

Phillips believes this highlights the financial reasons why businesses should prioritise workplace health, saying: "The most recent estimate of the total economic cost of work-related injuries and illnesses to Australia's economy is $57.6 billion."