Resources, tools and information to support your health, safety and wellbeing strategy.
Organisations systems improvement resources
Organisational systems benchmarking tool - Assess whether you have an effective systematic approach to managing areas of: work health and safety, worker health and wellbeing, worker's compensation and return to work
Work health savings calculator - This is an easy to use calculator that can help to measure potential savings associated with implementing a successful work health and wellbeing strategy by measuring absenteeism and staff turnover in the workplace.
Safety Leadership at Work program - Designed to improve safety and contribute to reducing work-related injuries and fatalities in Queensland workplaces.
People at work - People at work is a psychosocial risk assessment process. It aims to help organisations identify and manage workplace risks to the psychological health of people who work in the organisation.
Work health and safety eTools - The work health and safety eTools should be used by businesses and organisations to assess the risks for various hazards and determine the return on investment for their health and safety initiatives.
Health matters: health at work - Health matters: health and work has a range of resources to assist in creating healthy workplaces.
Total worker health - Total worker health program has a range of tools and resources to integrate workplace interventions that protect safety and health with activities that advance the overall well-being of workers
WayAhead workplaces - Provides resources and support to organisations to create healthy workplaces in relation to all aspects of employee wellbeing
Work health planning, resources and templates
The work health and wellbeing toolkit assists employers, managers and leaders to embed work health and wellbeing into their business systems, to help improve the health of their workers and workplaces and ultimately their bottom line.
This good work design toolkit presentation provides an introduction to the health and wellbeing toolkit.
When we look at work health and wellbeing in the workplace there are many factors we must consider. Systems thinking films helps you think about the big picture when you identify all the issues related to injury and illness in the workplace.
This business case template will help you to link to your organisation's goals and values, and outline the benefits and recommendations for work health and wellbeing interventions.
This key motivators reporting tool can assist in recording high level information you may want to collect and report to management.
Outline your workplaces' vision for improving work health and wellbeing using this policy template.
Identify and assess workplace needs
The healthy workplace audit tool replaces the healthy workplaces survey. This is completed by management, work health and wellbeing coordinators and/or workplace working groups. It focuses on organisational factors in the workplace. You can also complete the healthy workplace audit tool online.
The small business discussion tool is suitable for places of work with fewer than 20 workers. It will help you develop a profile of your workers' health and wellbeing status.
You can download a copy of the healthy workers survey.
You can also register to receive a link for a healthy worker survey by emailing the Healthy Workers Initiative unit at email@example.com. After registering, you will receive:
- a survey link for you to distribute to your workforce to complete
- a unique business identifier for workers to identify. This will be used when completing the survey to ensure your business data is collected accurately.
Use this action plan template to create an action plan for your work health and wellbeing.
Once you have identified your chronic disease risks, you can use this work health and wellbeing interventions tool to assist you in developing interventions to manage them. These interventions should be documented an action plan.
This review intervention tool will guide you in how to review the effectiveness and impacts of your action plan.
This evaluation factsheet helps measure the effectiveness of incorporating work health and wellbeing into your risk management approach and organisational systems is essential.
It is important that employers and workers identify ways they can support and maintain their health and wellbeing while working at their workplace or at home.
Healthy habits while working from home - This checklist encourages workers to examine their daily routine and provides supportive information on how they can improve their health when working from home.
Health and safety checklist for working from home (PDF, 0.21 MB) - It is good practice to formalise the working from home arrangement as well as identifying and managing WHS risks before the work commences.
Ergonomic guide to computer-based workstations(PDF, 0.91 MB) - This guide explains how to set up computer workstations to suit individual needs and the type of work performed at the workstation.
Working with computers - This information will give you some tips and advice about how to get your office space to work for you.
All chronic disease risk factors
Managing the work environment and facilities: Code of Practice 2011 (PDF, 0.7 MB) - Code of practice in managing the work environment and facilities.
Hazardous manual tasks: Codes of Practice 2021 (PDF, 1.38 MB) - This code of practice identifies hazardous manual tasks and control the risk of workers being affected by musculoskeletal disorders.
Guide for managing risk of fatigue at work. - This guide provides guidance on how to manage fatigue to ensure it does not contribute to health and safety risks in the workplace.
Webinar, Get serious about a healthy workplace, musculoskeletal disorders - This webinar focuses on the concepts of an integrated approach to health and wellbeing in the management of musculoskeletal disorders.
Department of Health Cancer screening - Queensland Government offers screening services for breast, bowel and cervical cancer.
Shape up Australia - Australian Government initiative to help Australians reduce their waist measurements and improve their overall health and wellbeing. This site includes healthy eating templates and posters.
My health for life - My health for life is a State Government funded, healthy-lifestyle program helping Queenslanders to live and age well. It is delivered by experienced health professionals, supporting Queenslanders to enjoy the benefits of a healthier life while lessening their risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Quit HQ – Quit smoking programQuitline is a telephone service dedicated to helping Queenslanders quit smoking.
Queensland Government quit smoking informationFind information about the laws on cigarette smoking and ways to quit.
National tobacco campaignFind information, tools and resources and campaigns on quit smoking.
Healthy eating resources
Employers' guide to shifting nutrition (PDF, 2.42 MB) - A guide for workplaces on healthy eating for shift workers.
Shifting Nutrition - A shift workers' guide to nutrition - A guide for shift workers on healthy eating.
Choose Well Live Well (PDF, 3.07 MB) - A guide for implementing of nutrition standards and point of choice promotions in Australian remote area camps
Healthy choice catering (PDF, 1.02 MB) - Catering guidelines for workplaces to provide healthy options.
Energy drinks and worker health (PDF, 0.27 MB) - Fact sheet on how energy drinks impact business and what workplaces can do.
Get healthy Qld - Coaching and Information ServiceThis is a free and confidential phone-based service designed to help Queenslanders make positive physical activity and nutritional changes. Promote the service as part of your workplace wellness program. Participants get:
- a personal health coach
- 10 free coaching calls over six months
- resources to help track their progress.
Healthy eating - Queensland Government website on food and nutrition resources.
A better choice - Queensland Government website on food and nutrition resources.
Nutrition Australia - A non-profit, community nutrition organisation that provides education, support and training to shape the health and wellbeing of our community to make informed food choices including workplaces.
Go for 2&5 - Highlights the benefits of fruit and vegetables and ways to increase fruit and vegetable intake and recipes.
The Australian guide to healthy eating - A food selection guide which visually represents the proportion of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day.
8700 - NSW Government initiative focusing on providing information on kilojoules in foods.
Webinar, Get serious about a healthy workplace, Drugs and alcohol - Focuses on the concepts of an integrated approach to health, safety and wellbeing in the management of drugs and alcohol.
Framework for alcohol and drug management in workplaces (PDF, 0.36 MB) - Framework for developing a policy on reducing the work-related risks associated with drug and alcohol use.
Alcohol, Australian Government - Information about alcohol-related health issues and Australian Government policy.
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction - Provides information, resources and strategies to minimise AOD related risk to workplace safety, productivity and worker wellbeing.
Hello Sunday Morning - An independent, not-for-profit organisation that supports individuals to change their relationship with alcohol. Website and app to support alcohol behaviour change.
Alcohol think again - An education campaign that aims to reduce the level of alcohol-related harm and ill health in Western Australia. Provides information, resources about alcohol-related harms and links to support services.
Alcohol and Drug Foundation - This organisation provides information, resources, publications about alcohol and drugs and links to support services.
DrinkWise Australia - An independent, not-for-profit organisation which helps to bring about a healthier and safer drinking culture in Australia. Website provides information, resources about alcohol consumption and drinking culture.
Drug Education Network - Non-government organisation funded to deliver a range of health promotion, prevention, and early intervention programs to reduce the harm associated with alcohol, tobacco and other drug use across Tasmania.
Dry July - Dry July Foundation raises money for people affected by cancer by getting people to give up alcohol for a month.
Physical activity resources
10,000 steps - A free health promotion program for workplaces, community groups and individuals that encourages the use of step-counting pedometers to monitor your daily physical activity levels.
Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines - Contains Australia's Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines including links to brochures, a summary fact sheet for each of the guidelines, tips and ideas for how to be physically active.
Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing - Provides information about sport and recreation programs, parks and facilities to help Queenslanders be more active.
Heart Foundation – Sit less, move more - Provides resources, case studies and tips for moving more and sitting less at work.
Sedentary work resources
BeUpstanding-Champion Toolkit - An easily accessible web-based resource freely available to workplaces to reduce sitting time in Australian workers for a happier, healthier workforce.
Working with computers - This information will give you some tips and advice about how to get your office space to work for you.
Safe Work Australia - Sedentary work - Provides publications and resources on the hazards of sedentary work.
Mental health resources
Work Safe Queensland, Mental Health - Psychological health and safety is about protecting the psychological health of workers, in the same way that we protect their physical health. Find out how you can play an active role in ensuring the psychological health and safety of workers.
Mentally healthy workplaces toolkit - This toolkit aims to help employers, managers and leaders eliminate and minimise risks to psychological health and create workplace environments that are mentally healthy.
Webinar, Get serious about a healthy workplace, Psychological barriers to rehabilitation and return to work - Focuses on the psychological barriers to rehabilitation and return to work.
National guidance material - SafeWork Australia - Work-related psychological health and safety approach to meeting your duties
Sun safety resources
Work Safe Queensland, Sun safety and skin cancer - If you work outdoors in the sun, check how you can protect your skin from skin cancer.
Sun safety toolbox talk (PPTX, 1.05 MB) - Powerpoint presentation about sun safety at work.
Queensland Government – Sun safety and skin cancer - Provides information, resources about sun safety and skin cancer.
Danger Sun Overhead - The program provides information and resources on how to prevent skin cancer.
Cancer Council Queensland - Provides information, resources and support services about sun safety and skin cancer including Sun Safety Policy
Other useful links
Charity dedicated to fighting heart disease.
The national body for people affected by all types of diabetes and those at risk.
National not-for-profit organisation working across the stroke journey, supporting stroke survivors, carers, health professionals, governments and the public to reduce the impact of stroke on the Australian community.
A not-for-profit, community nutrition organisation that provides education, support and training to shape the health and wellbeing of our community to make informed food choices including workplaces.
The national association of the dietetic profession, with branches in each state and territory.
Healthier. Happier. is all about change and making Queensland the healthiest state.
Healthier Workplace WA offers free services to all workplaces across Western Australia to help them support and encourage their workers to make positive lifestyle changes that benefit everyone.
Victoria's programs and services offered to Victorian workplaces.
NSW Government initiative that aims to improve the health of working adults by giving businesses the tools, resources and support to address health.
Free ACT government service established to support employers to develop health and wellbeing initiatives within a workplace.
Role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations' system.
Realising the health benefits of good work
WorkCover Queensland and the Queensland Government supports the Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians' position statement, 'Realising the health benefits of good work'.
Work plays an important role in any rehabilitation process because 'doing' promotes recovery. The health benefits of good work is a film that provides an overview of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Position Statement on realising the health benefits of work.
Making your business thrive (PDF, 1.35 MB) – exploring the benefits of change and engaging with senior management Professor Niki Ellis, Occupational and public health physician, NE&A Pty. Ltd.
Redlands City Council case study (PDF, 0.76 MB) - How Redland City Council can show positive health and safety outcomes from proactively integrating work health and wellbeing into their Safety Management system. Peter Gould, Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Redland City Council.
We promote stay at work, or if you have to take a break from work, we encourage recovering at work. WorkCover Queensland and the Queensland Government are signatories to the consensus statement on the health benefits of good work. For more information on how we do this, and what can be achieved by keeping the worker at work or getting them back to work soon after an injury, visit the Working with WorkCover page.
Publications for workplaces
- Workplace health and safety, business productivity and sustainability
- Medibank Private – The Health of Australia's Workforce
- Medibank research series:
- Effectiveness of Workplace Health Screening Programs
- Evidence for chronic disease risk factors Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- Obesity and injury - A review of the literature Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- Primary prevention of occupational hazards, protection and promotion of health at work. WHO Global Plan of Action on Workers' Health (2008-2017)