Teys Australia Southern, Tamworth, finalist in two 2017 SafeWork NSW annual work health and safety award sections

Teys Australia Southern in Tamworth is up for two work health and safety awards, as Safe Work Month starts in NSW.

In SafeWork NSW’s annual work health and safety awards, Teys a finalist in the Excellence in Recovery at Work for Business category.

Work health & safety manager Tony Dean has also been named a finalist in the Safework NSW Leadership in Safety Award.

The SafeWork NSW Awards recognise business and workers with the highest standards of workplace health and safety and return-to-work outcomes in the state. 

SafeWork NSW executive director Peter Dunphy said the awards highlight “how innovation and forward thinking can contribute to improved safety and injury management”.

“The awards have attracted entries from businesses and individuals across the state,” Mr Dunphy said.

“Safe Work Month is about workers and employers showing their commitment to a safe and healthy workplace.

“Teys Australia Southern Pty Ltd is setting the benchmark for other business and workers to aim for, not just during Safe Work Month but every day.”

The SafeWork Awards attracted 160 entries from businesses and individuals, with 29 finalists selected.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 26 in Sydney.

Mr Dunphy encouraged other Tamworth businesses and workers to think about how they could create a safety culture at their workplace.

“Anyone with a job in this state has the right to a safe and healthy workplace,” he said.

“And whether you are an employer or a worker, and regardless of your industry, occupation or background, workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility.

“In 2015/16, SafeWork NSW received reports of 30,902 major workplace injuries and illnesses, and 60 fatalities.

“These figures are unacceptably high, so it’s clear that more must be done to improve workplace health and safety in this state.

“Safe Work Month is an opportunity for business leaders to demonstrate their commitment to work health and safety and workers to look out for each other and improve health and safety in their workplace.”