Safety a top priority at Cessnock City Council
For the month of October, Cessnock City
Council celebrated National Safe Work Month and its own safe work culture by
hosting a number of events for staff to both learn from and enjoy.
The events held during October included a presentation by one of Australia’s leading mental health advocates, Cancer Council information sessions, ergonomics workshops and assessments, along with snake & spider safety seminars.
National Safe Work Month coincided with Mental Health Week and Council staff were lucky enough to hear from one of Australia’s leading mental health key note speakers, Craig Hamilton.
In any given year, 20% of the population is experiencing a mental health issue and Craig opened up to staff about his own personal battle with mental illness.
When asked about mental health in the workplace, Craig said, “workplaces are becoming a lot more proactive and I commend Cessnock City Council for having mental health as a key priority.”
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent is proud of the safe work culture at Cessnock City Council and hopes the staff can continue to develop and improve on this into the future.
“National Safe Work Month is a great opportunity for staff to focus on taking responsibility for their own safety, whether it be their mental health, staying safe in the sun or sorting out their desk arrangement to avoid those aches and pains.”
“I think it’s important for Council to set a great example in the community by making safety a top priority and that’s exactly what we’re doing and will continue to do.”
National Safe Work Month takes place in October each year, to find out more about how you can make your workplace safe, visit www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au.