Nestlé to represent food industry at National Safe Work Australia Awards

Posted by Isobel Drake on 12th January 2009

Uncle Tobys – owned by Nestlé – is set to vie for the ‘Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System’ category at the Safe Work Australia Awards – the premier national awards for recognising excellence in workplace safety. Thirty eight finalists across five award categories were announced on Friday for the fourth annual awards.

“The high calibre of this year’s finalists is a great indication of the leadership and commitment to improve OHS right across Australia,” said Chairman of the ASCC (Australian Safety and Compensation Council), Mr Bill Scales. “Each year, the national Safe Work Australia Awards recognise health and safety excellence in management and innovation, at the government, organisational and individual level. The thirty eight finalists represent a range of industries and all are worthy of being publicly recognised for their outstanding achievements in helping to reduce workplace deaths, accidents, injury and disease.”

This is pivotal because over 140 000 Australians are seriously injured at work every year and more than 250 die as a result of work-related injuries. The cost of OHS to the Australian economy is estimated at $34 billion dollars.

Uncle Tobys entry into the final is based on their reception of the category award in Victoria.

The other representative from the food and beverage industry is Viki Coad from Wingara Wine Group, who will compete for the ‘Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety’ award after winning the South Australian prize.

An independent judging panel will consider each finalist’s award submission and the winners will be announced on World Day for Health and Safety at Work on 28 April.

Further details on the awards can be found at