World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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Work Safe Australia and International Labour Organisation celebrate World Day of Safety and Health at Work on Tuesday 28th April each year. This year they are recognising the great challenge that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original 2020 theme was Break the Silence: Let's end violence and harassment in the world of work

In  2019, the International Labour Organisation established global standards aimed at ending violence and harassment in the world of work. The adoption of Convention 190: Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work provides a common definition of violence and harassment (including gender-based violence and harassment) and includes a clear framework on how to eliminate it.

The University acknowledges that our employees and students have a right to work and learn in an environment that is safe, respectful, rewarding and free from inappropriate behaviour.

You can make a difference in shaping a world of work free from violence and harassment!

  1. Understand clearly what violence and harassment in the workplace looks like. When we imagine aggressive or violence incidents, we might think it doesn’t happen in our workplace. But even acts you may consider ‘insignificant’ like eye rolling, sneering, talking down to or raising your voice can have a major impact on mental health.
  2. Personally acknowledge that it will not be tolerated and know what you can do if you experience or witness violence and harassment at work.
  3. Review the Appropriate Workplace Behaviour Policy and refresh your knowledge by completing the Appropriate Workplace Behaviour online training every 2 years.
  4. Be attentive to what is happening in your own workplace and call out inappropriate behaviour or comments.

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