Entries open for 2017 QLD Safe Work and Return to Work Awards

Queenslanders are being urged to enter the annual awards and put themselves in line for prize money of up to $2000.Entries are now open for the 2017 Queensland Safe Work and Return to Work Awards, with the state government urging Queenslanders to enter the awards and put themselves in line for prize money of up to $2000.

State Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the annual awards recognise the achievements of individuals who go the extra mile in promoting work health and safety and return to work.

“If you know an individual or organisation that’s helping to create safer workplaces and help get injured workers back on the job, we want to hear from you,” Ms. Grace said.

“Queensland Workplace Safety Ambassador Shane Webcke, who lost his dad in a workplace incident, will be part of a gala awards ceremony on 18 October that gives finalists a chance to win up to $2000 in prize money.”

Ms. Grace said this year’s awards would feature updated and improved award categories to make it easier for businesses and individuals to enter.

“There’s a simpler nomination process which aims to entice more small and medium sized businesses to apply because the grassroots level is where many of the leading health safety innovations started.”

This year’s categories include:

Safe work categories: 

Category one – Best solution to an identified health and safety issue

Category two – Best individual contribution to work health and safety

Category three – Best solution to an identified electrical safety issue

Category four – Most significant improvement to work health and safety performance

Category five – Best workplace health and wellbeing initiative

Category six – Best demonstrated leadership in work health and safety (Closed category – entrants for this category are chosen from categories one to five).

Return to work categories

Category seven – Injured worker achievement award

Category eight – Best rehabilitation and return to work system

Category nine – Best individual contribution to rehabilitation and return to work

Category ten – Best demonstrated leadership in return to work (Closed category – entrants for this category are chosen from categories seven to nine).

For more information about the awards, including entry criteria, handy hints, example entries and past-winner videos, visit worksafe.qld.gov.au.

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