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Agribusiness Elders has won the pinnacle award at this year’s NSCA Foundation/GIO Workers Compensation National Safety Awards of Excellence.

Held in the Grand Ballroom at the Shangri-La Hotel in the Rocks in Sydney on 15 October, the awards showcased each award nominee’s innovative safety plans and programs.

Elders took out the top award for their “Stand Up and Speak Up” safety communications strategy, which reinforces that nothing is so important that it cannot be done safely. Earlier in the proceedings Elders won the award for Best Communication of a Safety Message, which put them in contention for the top award.

As Master of Ceremonies, Channel Seven Sunrise journalist Edwina “Eddie” Bartholomew took charge of the smooth running of this year’s proceedings.

Dylan Alcott, gold and silver medallist in wheelchair basketball at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympics respectively, gave the keynote address.

All the winners on the day included:

  • SA Water Corporation, Best Continuous Improvement of a WHS Management System;
  • Adams Heavy Haulage, Best Solution of a WHS Risk (Small Business);
  • Adelaide Cemeteries, Best Solution of a WHS Risk (Medium to Large Business);
  • Elders, Best Communication of a Safety Message;
  • Employers Mutual, Best WHS Training Program;
  • Stephen Shield from BOC, Ian Chisholm Award for the Best Individual WHS Achievement;
  • Metropolitan Express Transport Services, Best Safety Leadership Program/ Initiative;
  • Kimberly-Clark Australia, Best Health and Wellbeing Program; and
  • Sparke Helmore Lawyers, NSCA Foundation Member of the Year.

For more detail, visit the awards.

Published on 22 October 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email. Subscribe online today.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has won the Work Health and Safety Reporting Award at this year’s Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA).

The awards were bestowed on 18 June in Melbourne.

“Work health and safety should be a fundamental part of any organisation’s business decisions, activities and processes, and this should be reflected in your annual report,” said Safe Work Australia CEO Michelle Baxter in a media release.

“By including high-quality work health and safety information in your annual report, you can establish your organisation as a leader in work health and safety, one in which work health and safety is not an ‘add-on’ but [is] integrated into business decisions and processes.”

ARA chairman Tim Sheehy said in a media release, “Despite the economic challenges faced by many organisations in recent years and reductions to annual reporting budgets, the standard of annual reporting by Award recipients has never been higher.

“This shows senior managers of many private, public and not-for-profit organisations have a very strong commitment to communicating to their stakeholders openly, honestly and effectively.”

For more details, visit ARA

Published on 2 July 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin.

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.

Deadline to submit your entry has been extended to Friday 11 July.

With not long to go before the National Safety Awards of Excellence close, NOW is the time to enter and be recognised for your innovative safety achievements. Open an account and submit an entry today.It’s free and easy to enter!

“I have been involved as a judge for the NSCA awards for the past 16 years and every year I am enthused by the good work organisations and employers are undertaking in keeping their workers and colleagues safe.

These awards, in my opinion, are truly national and are open to any individual, organisation or employer who feels they are making improvements in keeping us all safe.

Every year I feel honoured to be a part of this activity.”

Paul Baulch, Chairman, National Safety Awards of Excellence

If you require any assistance in opening an account, submitting an entry or have any questions, email awards@nsca.org.au or call 1800 655 510.

Demonstrate the value of WHS and its contribution to your business 

Here is your chance to demonstrate the importance of WHS in your business and showcase the great work you are doing.

“I urge you to celebrate the safety heroes who drive health safety and wellbeing at work. Entering the National Safety Awards is a great opportunity for WHS professionals to demonstrate the value of proactive initiatives and innovative ideas to Australian business.” Adam Baldock, CEO and Managing Director of NSCA.

Enter today at www.nationalsafetyawards.com.au or email awards@nsca.org.au to receive a copy of the National Safety Awards Nomination Guide. 

Enter today- It’s free! Entries close 6 July 2014.


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