National Safe Work Month Calendar of Events 2021

Please note that activities and presentations may be added or changed.  Keep checking in to see what is new that you can be a part of.

OctoberEventPresenter/Organiser
Friday 1st - Friday 29th

Step Challenge

Which team has the stamina, the energy, the will power to reign supreme? Get your runners on and your feet moving all the way to University bragging rights. How many steps do you take each day? Will you see improvement in your capability over the coming month? Did you know:

Walking benefits:

  • 75 minutes a week can add 2 years to your life
  • 40 minutes 3x a week protects the brain's memory
  • 30 mins a day can reduce depression by 36%
  • 60 minutes a day can cut obesity risk in half

Join the challenge at any time throughout the month of October. Participate for a day, a week or the whole month. Join as an individual or sign up as a team of 4. Each participant should sign up at October Step Challenge – UoM Health and Safety Team Challenge.

Weekly random prize draws for those who achieve 5000+ and 10000+ steps in a day. Overall prizes for most improved, highest daily step count, highest team step count and highest cumulative step count throughout the month.

Keep a record of your daily step count and submit it at the end of each week.

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
Friday 1st - Friday 29th

Well-being Bingo

October is a opportunity to focus on your health and well-being. Download a Well-being Bingo card and join us in a series of activities to get you moving and thinking about your health and well-being and maybe even start a new healthy routine.

Participates who complete and submit their bingo card by Friday 29th will go into the draw to win one of two $100 gift vouchers.

There will also be a random prize draws for those who submit photos of their “Be Creative”, "Smoothie or Juice", "New Growth (plant)"  or "Colouring Artwork activity" from the Well-being Bingo before midday Friday 29th October.  Submitted photos may be published on the Health & Safety Yammer page and/or the Health & Safety website.

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
Thursday 1st - Thursday 22nd (5pm)

Photography Competition

Bring a camera (or your mobile phone) your daily walks, stop and take a moment to enjoy something in your neighbourhood that inspires you... then take a photograph of your inspiration.

Submit your photo by midday 22nd October. Cast your votes between 25th and 29th October. Winners announced 1st November.

There will be prizes for the most popular photograph in each of the following categories:

  • Health and Safety
  • Where you work
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Weird and Wonderful

Submitted photos may be published on the Health & Safety Yammer page and/or the Health & Safety website.

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
Friday 1st - Friday 29th

Smoothie of the day

Spring is here and the weather is warming up.  The team will post one of their favourite new smoothie recipes every week day.

If you are playing our Wellbeing bingo, a photo of your beautiful smoothie may  win you a prize!

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
Friday 1st - Friday 29th

Gratitude Board

Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access.  The quickest, simplest and easiest way to demonstrate gratitude is to say thanks to another.  Take the time to thank someone or be thankful for something.

Share your gratitude

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
Friday 1st - Friday 29th

Colouring Artwork activity

Mindful colouring is not about “getting it right” or “colouring in between the lines”. It does not need to be perfect, it is your self-expression. It provides time to step away from technology and feel the sensations of a tactile activity. It gives you time to be in the moment and practice mindfulness.

Mindful colouring has been shown to:

  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve focus
  • Improve vision and motor skills

We have provided some Health & Safety based colouring sheets for you to create some artworks. Try to identify all the hazards hidden within the drawing and submit your entry

Entries are also being accepted from children of UoM staff members.

All entries will go into a draw to win one of several $10 gift vouchers (separate prize categories for UoM staff members and children based on age).

More information about staying mindful is available on the smiling mind website.

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
Wednesday 6th
9:30-10:30am

The evolving role of safety leaders, Dom O’Brien

In an age of highly competitive and often volatile markets, the role of safety leader is constantly evolving. The push to achieve more with less, while maintaining a social and ethical licence to operate, places an increased expectation on leaders to get the most from their people in a safe and sustainable way. Throw in the added complexity of generational differences, an aging workforce, the need for total worker health, changing work environments and an organisation’s cultural maturity, and it becomes clear that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to leading for safety.

Registration required.

WorkSafe QLD - Free Public Event 
Wednesday 6th
12:30-1:30pm

Psychologically Safe & Thriving Universities

Applied Mental Health is a project funded by WorkSafe Victoria's WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund to develop psychologically safe and thriving Universities.

Free for AUSA members.  Interested in knowing more? Contact Health and Safety Assist for details

Charge for non members.

Registration required.

Australian University Safety  Association
Wednesday 6th
12:00-12:30pm

Future-self  Journaling

Future-self journaling is a daily practice to help you break out of your subconscious autopilot and bring awareness to how you are thinking and behaving.

Why would you journal in this type of way? These prompts can act as a helpful tool to visualise your goals and consciously build new habits towards those goals.

Lisa Keo is one of our Health and Safety Assist team members who joined the team in March this year. Join us as Lisa shares with us the simple steps to future self journaling, how to get started and some of the benefits of doing so.

Registration required.

Lisa Keo
Health and Safety Assist
Health and Safey Services
Thursday 7th - Friday 8th

Professional Staff Conference

Make sure that you register and check out the great program and presenters that the Professional Staf Conference team have put together for 2021.

This is the number one opportunity each year for our amazing staff to be inspired by keynote speakers, highlight best practices, share new ideas and network with peers. Going virtual means the Conference is far more flexible in terms of how and where you connect from and what sessions you choose to join.

Registration required.

Professional  Staff Conference
Tuesday 12th 10:30 - 11:30am

Design for workplace diversity, Dr Sara Pazell

What are we doing in our working lives as leaders, colleagues, and designers to encourage diversity? Despite a comprehensive legislative framework to support diversity in the workplace, we simply may not have the knowledge, skills, or awareness about how to identify and include typically misrepresented communities in our design of work and jobs.

Registation required.

WorkSafe QLD - Free Public Event
Wednesday 13th
12:00-12:30pm

Working from home - the good, the bad and the ugly

As the Global Pandemic continues to impact our lives (for longer than any of us anticipated), time has presented us with one of the few silver linings of this challenging chapter in history…… Data!!!

It’s by no means a panacea, but utilising the available data will inevitably help drive a healthier, more productive workplace, with higher satisfaction ratings among employees. Join  Simon Van Dam, an experienced Occupational Therapist and Director of one of the Universities contracted suppliers of workstation furniture and equipment who will take us on a dive into the Empirical and Anecdotal world of working from home across 90 different countries. What has worked? What hasn’t worked? And how we can use this data as the foundation for Job Design and our Occupational being moving forward.

Registration required.  Limited places

Simon Van Dam  
Backcare and Seating
Wednesday 13th
12:45-1:30pm

The power of movement

Tom O'Halloran is a Physiotherapist with a strong interest in biomechanics, strength & conditioning, movement and health.

He uses a combination of strength & conditioning and physiotherapy knowledge to help rehabilitate injury. His passion is on improving people's movement to maximise their function as well as developing sustainable and long-term plans for rehabilitating injury and maximising health.

Tom has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, a Masters in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning),  Post Grad. Cert Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is currently studying Behaviour Change in Clinical Practice at UoM. Today Tom is going to provide an insight into some of the science behind movement and how and why it has the power to improve every part of your body. He is also going to share with us his top tips to better health with simple and achievable activity

Registration required. Limited places

Tom O'Halloran
Physiotherapist
Friday 15th 12:00-12:30pm

Self Care Plan

Self-care is an important part of daily life, however during times of uncertainty and this unprecedented situation with COVID-19 the need for self-care is imperative.

Self-care is often the first thing that gets sacrificed when life is busy and stressful, and people often think that taking time for themselves seems indulgent. But looking after your own wellbeing will help you get through this challenging time, and will help you to better care for others.

Download the Self Care Plan Template now or prior to this session

Registration required. Limited places

Maureen Nunn
OHS Advisor, MDHS
Friday 15th
12:00 - 1:30pm

Clean Air, Clear Lungs

This event will provide attendees with knowledge about the Safe Work Australia (SWA) Clean Air. Clean Lungs. campaign to raise awareness of occupational lung diseases and inform Australian employers on how to manage the risks in the workplace.

Free for AUSA members.  Interested in knowing more? Contact Health and Safety Assist for details

Charge for non members.

Registration required.

Australian University Safety  Association
Tuesday 19th
1:00-1:30pm

Online Pilates for fun

Join in this fun Pilates Zoom session presented by Ange La Scala from MUSport.

Registration required.

Ange La Scala
MUSport
Wednesday 20th
9:00-9:45am

Why WorkSafe exists: Dan and Joanne's stories

Hear "Why WorkSafe exists" as 2021 Health & Safety Month ambassadors Joanne Woodward and Dan Casey tell their return to work stories.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Wednesday 20th
10:30-11:15am

Why WorkSafe exists: Case studies of prosecutions

What happens when employers fail to meet their occupational health and safety obligations? Find out, as WorkSafe investigators share case studies of successful prosecutions that have arisen from serious incidents.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Wednesday 20th
12:00-12:45am

Work-related violence in community care

Occupational violence and aggression is an ongoing concern in the community care industry, and often it is seen to be 'part of the job'. In this session we hear from employers within the disability and residential care sectors talk about the impact of occupational violence and aggression in workplaces and their approaches to prevention.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Wednesday 20th
12:00-12:45am

Sit up straight…are we and should we

For most of us the current health pandemic has resulted in our physical world becoming more confined. Opportunities for movement have been reduced and as a consequence our sedentary behaviour has increased. Our work, social and recreational interactions have become more and more screen-focused meaning we are spending longer periods in static, fixed postures- often forwards leaning or slouching.

What are the implications of this behaviour? What does ‘good’ posture look like and why does it matter to our health?

In this session Rosie O'Halloran, UoM Ergonomist will present on the wide ranging health benefits of adopting a ‘good’ posture and provide principles and tips for achieving the most optimal postures whilst undertaking a range of functional activities

Registration required

Rosie O'Halloran
Ergonomist
Health and Safety Services
Wednesday 20th
1:30-2:15pm

Learn more about the infringement notice scheme and what this means for you

WorkSafe has introduced an infringement notice scheme. Victorian workplaces who fail to comply with the occupational health and safety (OHS) laws can be fined for a range of offences. Importantly, infringement notices don’t create extra obligations, they’re an additional compliance and enforcement tool for WorkSafe inspectors and are all existing offences under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 or Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 that must already be complied with. They will act as another deterrent to non-compliance and help promote safer workplaces.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Wednesday 20th
2:00-3:00pm

Changes in work during COVID-19 (and beyond), Professor Sharon Parker

Hear from Professor Sharon Parker, Director of the Centre for Transformative Work Design, as she unpacks their latest research results on how COVID-19 has affected how we work.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Queensland
Thursday 21st
10:00 - 11:15am

WorkSafe talks safety with the multicultural community

Join WorkSafe Victoria to learn about your safety rights and responsibilities in the workplace. The session will provide a better understanding of WorkSafe's role in the community and present an opportunity to ask questions.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Thursday 21st
12:00 - 1:00pm

Workplace mental health 101: A business case study

We spend a third of our lives at work, which is why the workplace plays such an important role in protecting and supporting an individual's mental health. More and more, workplace leaders know how important it is to have a mentally healthy workforce, but knowing where to start and what sources to trust can be confusing and difficult.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Thursday 21st
12:00 - 1:00pm

Safety in Design - Best Practice

This presentation provides insights from leading safety in design consultants into implementation best practices followed by two case studies from a University setting to demonstrate the application of safety in design outcomes in our industry.

Free for AUSA members.  Interested in knowing more? Contact Health and Safety Assist for details

Charge for non members.

Registration required.

Australian University Safety  Association
Friday 22nd
12:00pm

Photography Competition ends today

Submit your photography competition entries before 12pm.

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
Monday 25th
9:00 - 9:45am

How organisational culture impacts workplace mental health

With workers' wellbeing and mental health continuously being tested, it's important leaders stop and reflect on their responsibilities in ensuring the safest possible working environment . Creating Psychological Safety, where each and every team member feels cared for and able to speak up, is critical to not only knowing how they are feeling but also what can be done to support them.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Monday 25th
10:30 - 11:15am

Systems thinking incident review

The Patient Handling Injuries Review of Systems (PHIRES) is a systems-thinking incident investigation toolkit to review and revise injuries sustained through patient handling. It is designed to help employees review risk controls following an injury, identify more effective risk controls, and implement the new or modified controls for the task whilst consulting with HSRs and employees.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Monday 25th
12:00 - 12:45am

Using systems thinking to identify holes in your system

Systems thinking describes a range of Human Factors methods which assist humans to understand the sociotechnical systems in which they exist. In this session, Mohammed Aburumman and Dr Tony Carden from WorkSafe Victoria will present two case studies.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Tuesday 26th

Photography Competition - Voting opens

Voting opens today to cast a vote for your favourite photograph.

Details  pending

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
Tuesday 26th
9:00-9:45am

Tools for HSRs: Prevent and respond to workplace gendered violence, including sexual harassment

Learn how to prevent and respond to workplace gendered violence, including sexual harassment as a HSR. In this workshop, you will be introduced to new Gendered Violence Refresher training for HSRs and tools to help identify and address this serious occupational health and safety issue in your workplace.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Tuesday 26th
9:30-10:30am

The human cost of not speaking up. Psychological safety – not just nice but necessary! Naomi Armitage

In this thought-provoking presentation, Naomi will look at how fostering a culture of health and safety is no longer seen as a nice to have, but a necessity and foundation for the overall performance of a business. And in this current climate, now more than ever, it’s critical for organisations to manage health and safety risk by designing psychologically safe work environments.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Queensland
Tuesday 26th
10:30-11:15am

Unsafe is always unacceptable: Young workers webinar

Young workers are one of the most vulnerable groups for workplace injuries. That's why it's so important to speak up about unsafe working environments. Learn more about your rights and responsibilities, and what support services are available to help.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Tuesday 26th
12:00-12:45pm

Manual handling training: There's a better way

Manual handling occurs in almost everything we do at work but sometimes manual handling can be hazardous. The provision of training for workers is an important part of protecting them from harm but it should never be used as the only control measure.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Tuesday 26th
12:00-12:30pm

On board the big red fire truck – understanding safety through first-hand experience on the front line of emergency response with CFA and VICSES

Nicky joined the Health and Safety Services team in April this year as Emergency and Critical Incident Specialist. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, some of which has been gained through her volunteer and professional roles responding to floods, bushfires, motor vehicle accidents, rescues and structure fires with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Victoria state Emergency Service (VICSES).

Nicky shares with us her journey as a volunteer structural and wildfire firefighter, social media manager and community safety engagement coordinator in one of the most bushfire-prone locations in Australia, the Macedon Ranges. She’ll be touching on her learnings on effective approaches to fostering a safety-focused culture of preparedness and resilience within high-risk communities and groups and talk about how she is applying her knowledge to her new role with us as the Emergency and Critical Incident Specialist.

Expect lots of interesting images and video taken from formative experiences on the fire-ground, stories about finding courage and strength in challenging environments, and examples of the importance of having a good team to get the job done safely to ensure everyone comes home – this will be a casual, interactive session so please do bring a curious mind and plenty of questions

Registration required.

Nicky Haslinghouse
Health and Safety  Services
Wednesday 27th
9:00-9:45am

Setting the trail ablaze: Insights for predicting psychological safety

Workplace mental health isn’t just about supporting people to cope with workplace stress or helping workers in distress. The 'new normal' for workplace mental health is for workplace cultures to be psychologically safe and for work-related factors that can impact on mental health to be managed.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Wednesday 27th
10:30-11:15am

Building leaders that WorkWell

WorkWell has funded numerous pilot projects aimed at preventing mental injury, and promoting safe and mentally healthy workplaces. Together it's creating an important evidence base for what does and doesn’t work and showing the positive impact of strong leadership.

Registration required

WorkSafe Victoria
Wednesday 27th
11:00 - 11:30am

Computer Eye Strain: Digital device use during a global pandemic

Dr Andrew Huhtanen is the Clinic Director of Melbourne Eyecare Clinic and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne.  He has a keen interest in anterior ocular disease, advanced contact lenses, and clinical training and assessment. His clinical practice has a strong focus on specialty contact lenses, and he is actively involved in the development and delivery of academic and clinical teaching.

Registration required

Dr Andrew Huhtanen, 
Clinic Director of Melbourne Eyecare Clinic
Wednesday 27th
12:00-12:45pm

Remote and flexible working: Practical tips for employers to keep their staff safe

COVID-19 has resulted in workplaces adjusting to a new world of remote and flexible working. Join a panel of WorkSafe specialists to discuss what can be done to support the physical and mental health of staff who are working remotely more often. Topics will include human factors and ergonomics, mental health, and what guidance is available to employers and their workforce

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Thursday 28th
8:30-2:30pm

HSR Conference 2021: HSR Super Sleuths

This year we will hear from keynote speaker Professor Lin Fritschi, John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Epidemiologist from Curtin University. Prof. Fritschi will be speaking about how to put the 'H' back in HSR and how HSRs can identify and fix health issues in their workplace.

Registration required.

Victorian Trades Hall Council - Free Public Event
Thursday 28th
9:00-9:45am

Silica: new regulations, health updates and what controls are best for your business

The forthcoming amendments to the OHS Regulations will introduce a licensing scheme for workshops processing engineered stone, as well as new obligations for suppliers of engineered stone.  For other industries, new obligations will also be introduced around knowing the crystalline silica content of the material you are working with and how to manage this risk.

Registration required.

WorkSafe  Victoria
Thursday 28th
11:00-11:45am

How mobile-first technology can improve safety culture

In this session, we’ll discuss how mobile-first technology is giving organisations the flexibility, confidence, and connectedness to improve their safety cultures – mobilising teams towards what matters, so that feel empowered to continuously improve.

Free for AUSA members.  Interested in knowing more? Contact Health and Safety Assist for details

Charge for non members.

Registation required.

Australian Universities Safety Association
Thursday 28th
12:00-12:45pm

Dangerous goods storage and handling: New regulations explained

A lively panel discussion with WorkSafe experts on the changes for the Dangerous Goods Storage and Handling Regulations and what they mean to your business. Topics include, why the regulations needed to change, how important it is to have a good emergency plan in place, when and how to notify, and what are the duty holder obligations.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Friday 29th
9:00-9:45am

Preventing workplace harm in Victoria

Join the Chief Executive Officer of WorkSafe Victoria, Colin Radford, as he discusses key health and safety challenges facing Victorian workplaces. How WorkSafe is adapting and how employers, workers and the community can work together to prevent workplace harm.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Friday 29th
10:30-11:15am

Improving return to work outcomes for mental injuries/secondary mental injuries and support for employers

This session will outline the support programs and resources available for employers to guide recovery and return to work outcomes for injured workers.

In particular:

  • the role of a mental injury specialist
  • mobile case management
  • facilitated discussion
  • Original Employer Services and New Employer Services
  • retraining
  • provisional payments

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Friday 29th
12:00 -12:45pm

The importance of Health and Safety Representatives to business

HSRs can make a real difference in achieving better health and safety outcomes in workplaces. In addition to understanding the legislative and regulatory responsibilities in regards to consulting with staff, business can also find out the economic benefits of engaging effectively with their HSRs.

Registration required.

WorkSafe Victoria
Friday 29th 
2:30-3:00pm

Health and Wellbeing initiatives - Faculty of Science

One of the objectives in the Faculty of Science Health and Safety Plan 2017 was to “identify types of activities, sessions or events which people in local areas would be keen to participate in during a Faculty Health, Safety & Wellbeing event“. There have been a variety of health and wellbeing initiatives introduced in the Faculty of Science since then. Several have been implemented Faculty wide while others at the School level. The planning and implementation of these events and activities has occasionally involved interdisciplinary collaboration, especially with HR. Senior management has demonstrated commitment to health and wellbeing by supporting and participating in a number of these activities and events. In this presentation, Sam Montalto, OHS Business Partner (Schools), Faculty of Science, will take us on a tour through some of these activities and interventions to enhance health and wellbeing.

Registration required.

Sam Montalto
OHS Business Partner
Science
Friday 29th 3:30-5:00pm

Mock/Cocktail Safe Work Month celebration

Time to power down the keyboard and power up the fun. Dust off the cocktail shaker, delve into your top shelf stuff (hard or soft) and take a digital dive into a world famous bar

Bring your creative craft to the session and conjure up a classy cocktail concoction or impress with a masterclass of mocktail mixology

Think you know your cocktails/mocktails? - be prepared for some bar trivia and prizes for creativity

Hosted by the UoM Health and Safety team along with a special guest

Registration required.

UoM National Safe Work Month Team
November 1st

Photography Competition – Winners announced today

UoM National Safe Work Month Team