October is officially Safe Work Australia Month, with individuals and businesses motivated to check their safety standards in the workplace. The month-long program aims to increase the knowledge and resources people have when considering workplace safety, and encourages them to take a closer look at the risks that exist to their health.
The risks an individual may be exposed to in their professional life has a profound effect on their wellbeing, as well as an employer's relationship to health and safety.
Organisation offering corporate health insurance will know the policy is a good way of showing employees that the company has a self-appointed commitment for looking after their workers' welfare.
Creating a policy that encourages employees in this way requires more than mandatory compensation insurance. Corporate health insurance gives workers an encouraging sense that their greater health concerns are being looked after, while the incentive can improve staff attraction and retention.
With this year's theme being "work safe; home safe", and with new educational resources available, Safe Work Australia Month makes it a great time to discuss the ways to improve everyone's relationship with healthcare.
Work safe; Home safe
Launching the event on October 1, Minister for Employment Eric Abetz outlined the educational programs that will run throughout the month. One of these will be a series of live virtual seminars, designed to link both national and overseas work health and safety experts with people and businesses online.
In a corresponding press release, Mr Abetz said he encourages everyone to use the material to discover how they can improve their own workplace safety.
"It's important for all businesses – no matter their size – to effectively manage the health and safety of their workers," he explained.
"Safe Work Australia Month and the Virtual Seminar Series provide individuals, businesses and the general community with a platform to start a conversation about work health and safety. Raising awareness of work health and safety will reduce injuries, increase productivity and may save a life."
Mr Abetz also pointed out that while workplace fatalities have fallen by 40 per cent in the past decade, there is still room to improve the statistics and offer greater security to employee wellbeing.
"Sadly, 191 people lost their lives in a work-related incident in 2013. While this is the lowest number on record, it's still 191 too many."
Let's talk about health
With conversations about workplace health and safety taking centre stage this month, now could be a good time to talk with your employees about business health plans and compare health insurance to find the best deal.
To protect your workers and company in the event of an accident at home or on site, having a robust and cost-effective insurance package can pay dividends.
After all, eliminating accidents and injuries in the workplace completely is impossible, though protecting your employees' health and wellbeing is achievable today.