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WorkSafe Awards 20 years on - who are today’s safety heroes?

Entries are open for the 2008 WorkSafe Awards, which are celebrating 20 years of recognising excellence in health and safety innovation.

“As we call for entries in the 2008 WorkSafe Awards, it is timely to reflect on the past 20 years and the achievements in health and safety due to the outstanding efforts of workers and employers” said WorkSafe Victoria’s Executive Director, John Merritt.

“We usually hear bad news about health and safety — stories where something has gone wrong.

“The WorkSafe Victoria Awards recognise businesses, groups of workers, health and safety representatives and individuals who are ‘having a go’ at making their workplaces and industries safer.

“Victoria has a long tradition of workplace safety heroes. They’re ordinary people who go ‘above and beyond’ their everyday duties to find better and safer ways of getting the job done.

“Many Health and Safety Representatives have also been recognised for stepping up and becoming an integral part of decision making and consultation on behalf of their colleagues.

“Since the awards began there have been hundreds of workplace safety heroes who’ve raised the bar. In 2008 the challenge is to continue unearthing outstanding health and safety innovations and initiatives across our workplaces,” said Mr Merritt.

Entries are being received until 9 May in seven categories:

• Health and Safety Representative of the Year • Health and Safety Committee of the Year • Best Design for Workplace Safety • Best Health and Safety Initiative for Small Business • Best Solution for Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders (formerly Sprains & Strains) • Best Solution to a Health and Safety Risk • Best Strategy for Health and Safety Management.

The 20th WorkSafe Awards will be announced on Tuesday 30 October 2008 during Work Safe Week. Are you a workplace safety hero or know someone who is?

For information about the awards and to enter, go online at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/awards or call +61 3 8663 5033 for an information pack.

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