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Being open about poor performance and how to fix it hasn’t stopped Aurora Energy from winning the Work Health and Safety Reporting Award six years in a row.

Winners of the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) were announced at a ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney on 19 June.

Australasian Reporting Awards Limited, an independent non-profit organisation supported by volunteer business professionals and professional bodies, runs the awards.

Safe Work Australia sponsors the work health and safety (WHS) award.

“We have had a roller-coaster ride with our safety performance during this [six-year] period, and there were some years where we were extremely disappointed with our results,” said Aurora Energy’s CEO, Dr Peter Davis, in a media statement.

“It’s important to be open and honest about the reasons behind poor performance and, most importantly, to outline how we will address them.

“Our commitment to transparent reporting helps us to drive process improvements and cultural change with our employees and gives our shareholders confidence in our strategic direction.”

For more details visit Safe Work Australia and ARA.

Published on 3 July 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

Two $10,000 scholarships for improving women’s safety at work are on offer from SafeWork SA.

The scholarships are offered each year to people working on women’s work health and safety initiatives and research.

“These scholarships recognise the legacy of Augusta Zadow, a prominent advocate for women’s suffrage and improved conditions for the women and children working in South Australia’s factories,” SafeWork SA said in a media statement.

Zadow founded the Working Women’s Trade Union and was SA’s first female factory inspector in 1895.

“The scholarships build on Augusta’s achievements by funding the ongoing improvement of the health and safety of women at work through further education, research or solutions to a work health and safety issue faced by working women,” said SafeWork SA acting executive director Marie Boland in a media statement.

Applications close Friday 27 June.

For more detail, visit the scholarships.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

A paramedic who successfully negotiated to move her worksite to newly built and safer premises was among those honoured at this year’s Safe Work Australia Awards.

The 9th annual awards were announced on 28 April on World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Minister for Employment Senator Abetz presented the awards and congratulated the winners and finalists.

Ambulance Victoria paramedic and health and safety representative Jedda McGlinchey jointly won the award for Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety – by an employee.

McGlinchey spent months negotiating to have new, safer premises built for her staff.

New South Wales Northcoast Institute of TAFE high-risk worker Rodney Cook won the same award for striving to make work health and safety a priority, not only in his workshop and storeroom, but also throughout the TAFE.

Taking out the best individual contribution by a work health and safety manager, RSPCA Queensland injury management coordinator Jennifer Bell was honoured for moving the organisation from a reactive to a proactive risk-based WHS system.

VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd won the award for Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System.

Frasers Livestock Transport took out Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue.

Zetco Valves Pty Ltd won Best Workplace Health and Safety Practice/s in a Small Business.

For more detail, visit the winners.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

The finalists in the ninth Safe Work Australia Awards have been announced.

Thirty-seven finalists will compete for four awards on Monday 28 April, World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

The finalists are the winners of the 2013 state, territory and Comcare awards.

They will be competing in the following categories: Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System; Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue; Best Workplace Health and Safety Practice/s in a Small Business; and Best Individual Contribution to Workplace Health and Safety by an employee and a work health and safety manager.

“The level of innovation and commitment to work health and safety displayed by this year’s finalists is inspiring,” said Safe Work Australia chair Ann Sherry AO.

“The best outcomes are achieved when everyone in the workplace actively participates in making the workplace safe. These finalists prove that you can make a difference to your workplaces’ health and safety.”

For a list of the finalists, visit the finalists.

Published on 13 February 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.


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