John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    New safety site for primary students launched

    7/04/2006 10:11 AM
     
    07/04/06

    Each year in Western Australia, more children die from injury than die from cancer, asthma and infectious diseases combined.

    A new website aimed at teaching primary school children about safety was launched today by Employment Protection Minister John Bowler at Boulder Primary School.

    WorkSafe’s new Planet ThinkSafe is designed for children aged seven to 11 years and Mr Bowler encouraged students to log on to the website and begin exploring Planet ThinkSafe.

    “The website provides information on safety in an interactive way, using colourful graphics and animation that appeal to primary-aged children,” he said.

    “They can explore the planet spotting the hazards, assessing the risks and making the changes, using the ThinkSafe SAM methodology.”

    The aim of the website is to teach children more about hazards at school, at home and on the roads to make them aware of safety at all times so it becomes second nature.

    WorkSafe also offers a web-based safety education program for high school students called WorkSafe Smart Move, and a program for adults called the SafetyLine Institute.

    The three programs provide information on safety at all ages, from primary school through to when people join the workforce.

    “Planet ThinkSafe reminds children in a fun way that they need to think about safety at school, at home, in the car, in the playground, when riding bikes and when playing sport,” the Minister said.

    “I encourage teachers to have their students participate in Planet ThinkSafe in order to promote safety from an early age and hopefully prevent future injuries and illness.”

    The Planet ThinkSafe website can be accessed at http://www.worksafe.wa.gov.au/planet

    Minister's office: 9222 9699