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Welcome to the Work Health and Safety (WHS) webpage, a home for resources and information for presbyteries and congregations in  the Queensland Synod.

This website will be maintained with up to date resources and tools. Themes will be identified as part of a change management program to embed a zero harm culture into our congregations and presbyteries.

We commit ourselves to the care, protection and safety of all people relating to the Uniting Church or our agencies. This includes, but not exclusively: workers (including contractors and volunteers), individuals in official positions, members of our congregations, students, clients, visitors and members of the public.

This Safety Resource material has been developed to assist the presbyteries and congregations implement processes to effectively and practically manage health and safety at their premises and during the activities they undertake in their mission work.

October – National Safe Work Month 

October is National Safe Work Month, and the theme for 2019 is “Be a Safety Champion”. This year’s theme demonstrates that anyone, whether you are a member of a church council, a volunteer who welcomes people to the congregation on Sunday morning or someone who assists with working bees once a year, can be a champion work workplace health and safety.

It is everyone’s responsibility to support a safety culture at their workplace and promote best practice initiatives.

This October let’s all strive to Be a Safety Champion.

Resources

A range of resources have been prepared to support congregations throughout National Safe Work Month. These are available below.

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A4 Poster: National Safe Work Month

Fact sheet one: Mental Health: How to maintain good work-life balance

Fact sheet two: The changing landscape of Workplace Health and Safety in Queensland

Over the course of October, more resources will become available. Read Uniting News for further updates.

Nominate your safety champion

To be a Safety Champion, is to be a leader for workplace health and safety within your organisation. Some information on how you can champion the importance of promoting workplace health and safety at your workplace is available here.

This October, congregations are invited to nominate stories of their safety champions. These can be people who have identified risks, or people who are consistently diligent. Write a short piece a send to the Workplace Health and Safety email address to nominate.

This resource provides an overview of the elements of a safety management system relevant to congregations, although not all elements may be applicable to all congregations. It describes a summary of the key actions recommended and/or required including:

tools to use and

 relevant legislation.

Archive resources

Below are a range of the resources/tools to assist you to manage Work Health and Safety (WHS) in your presbyteries and congregations.

Need Assistance with Your Safety Management?

Email: Health.Safety@ucaqld.com.au
Phone: 07 3377 9946

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