Safety Leadership Challenge

Safety leadership starts at the top and is demonstrated at every level of an organisation. The Safety Leadership Challenge is a collaborative initiative that invites industry leaders (CEO, senior manager/director, owner-operators) to work with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and take a more visible role as safety leaders to improve the safety culture of their business and its supply chain.

Take the Safety Leadership Challenge

Leadership is key to a positive safety culture and a healthy, safe and productive workforce. Business leaders have the potential to demonstrate safety leadership by:

  • allocating resources to work health and safety (WHS)
  • showing a visible commitment to WHS
  • supporting WHS initiatives across their business and its supply chain.

With this in mind, WHSQ is supporting three organisations in the Safety Leadership Challenge. Senior executives from these organisations will design, implement, and evaluate their own Safety Leadership Challenge that focuses on improving WHS outcomes within the business. WHSQ will support these leaders and share their progress with all industries to inspire others to take action through visible and impactful safety leadership.

The Safety Leadership Challenge focuses initially on the construction industry. Despite steady improvements to work health and safety performance in the construction industry, injuries and illnesses are still prevalent. On average, 35 construction workers are injured at work in Australia every day, and over the past 12 years, 417 construction workers have been killed on the job. Over $120 million is paid out annually for construction workers’ compensation claims, with even greater costs associated with site shutdowns, project delays, retraining workers, reputational damage and lost contracts. With this in mind, the Safety Leadership Challenge aims to promote effective work health and safety practices, leading to fewer injuries and illnesses, as well as showing that good WHS is also good for business [1].[2]

Are you up for a Safety leadership challenge in your own business?

Follow the progress of the Safety Leadership Challenge and take up the challenge in your own organisation and industry.

Get involved today, make a commitment, set a plan, and make a difference to workplace health and safety in your organisation. Importantly, share your experiences with us and connect with other organisations embarking on a similar journey via our dedicated LinkedIn group.

[1] Safework Australia (2015). Construction industry profile. Available
[ 2 ] Safework Australia (2015). Work-related injuries and fatalities in construction, Australia, 2003-2013. Available

Last updated
10 December 2019