Safety a top priority at Cessnock City Council
For the month of October, Cessnock City Council will celebrate National Safe Work Month and its own safe work culture by hosting a number of events for staff to learn from and enjoy.
Council kicked off the celebrations with a fascinating talk by Rachael Robertson, who successfully led a year-long expedition to Antarctica and is internationally recognised for what great leadership looks like. At just 35 years old, Rachael was the youngest and just the second female expedition leader to Davis Station in Antarctica, putting her leadership to the test, in the toughest environment.
Rachel presented to Cessnock City Council staff with great humour and insight, of the lessons she learned about leadership, teamwork and safe work practices. As an RUOK Day Ambassador, Rachael also touched on the importance of mental health in the workplace and how checking in with your workmates can make the world of difference.
Cessnock City Council’s General Manager, Lotta Jackson enjoyed Rachael’s talk and was pleased to see that safety in the workplace was a top priority in her first week in the job.
“It was fantastic to see both our indoor and outdoor staff so engaged in the conversation around safety and I look forward to building on this into the future.”
“Creating a safe work culture is so important and for a large organisation like Council, I believe it is also important that we set a good example in the community, which we will continue to do,” added Lotta.
Other events and activities included in Council’s Safe Work Month calendar include ‘Be a Safety Champion Day’, personalised ergonomic assessments and health and wellbeing sessions.
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.