Breakfast puts health back into health and safety

Released 22/10/2014

WorkSafe ACT's Healthier Work service today hosted its second networking breakfast for members of the Canberra business community.

"Healthier Work is an important service which supports employers in developing health and wellbeing initiatives within their workplace," Work Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister Mick Gentleman said.

"It was fantastic to see so many people at today's event taking an interest in how improving health in the workplace can benefit their business, employees and customers.

ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe and Acting Chief Health Officer Andrew Pengilley attended the breakfast to discuss the theme of 'putting health back into health and safety', with a focus on nutrition and physical activity.

Mr Rod Docker, CEO of The Tradies Group, also attended to speak about his organisation's involvement with Healthier Work. As part of their 12 month health and wellbeing plan, the club will be going smoke free in December this year for all staff.

A video montage showed other workplaces that have also become Healthier Work Recognised and representatives of four more Canberra workplaces were presented with their Healthier Work Recognition certificates.

"Creating a healthier workplace can increase employee productivity and engagement, help with team-building and reduce absenteeism," Minister Gentleman said.

"October is ACT Safety Month and events such as this breakfast are an important reminder that being healthy in the workplace is just as important as staying safe. A healthy workplace is something which everyone benefits from," Minister Gentleman concluded.

For more information on Healthier Work, or to organise a workplace visit, email or go to

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